Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 13 Additional Deaths, Increasing Coronavirus Toll To 273 Countywide

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 70 new Coronavirus cases Wednesday out of 1,775 test results, and 13 additional deaths.

Of the 70 cases reported in the past 24 hours, 68 are confirmed and two are probable.

The county-wide total number of cases now stands at 9,078 since March 14.

New cases range in age from 6 to 96 years with a median patient age of 45 years, the Health Department says. The date of positive tests range from Aug. 3 through Aug. 11.

Health Department officials report one more patient has been hospitalized since the last report.

The total number of hospitalizations among all cases in the county stands at 738 patients. Of all the hospitalized patients, 220 of them have needed care in the ICU, and 90 of them have required treatment with a ventilator.

The death toll has increased to 273. The 13 newly reported deaths range from July 25-Aug. 11. The Health Department says two of the patients were in their 60s, three in their 70s, six in their 80s and two in their 90s. Nine of the deaths are long-term care facility related.

The state imported data from the Electronic Death Reporting System, or EDRS, generating some of these reports, according to the Health Department.

Here is the breakdown from the Health Department for age groups of the newly-reported cases:

  • 00-04 0
  • 05-12 2
  • 13-18 10
  • 19-24 2
  • 25-49 27
  • 50-64 16
  • 65+ 13

This is the gender breakdown:

  • Female – 40
  • Male – 30

Health officials say 129,935 individuals have been tested for COVID-19 across the county.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says the drop in new daily coronavirus cases proves that current restrictions and mitigation efforts are paying off. Fitzgerald says the county saw a 3.9 percent positivity rate on Wednesday. That’s the lowest it’s been since the third week of June.

As far as sports, Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Deborah Bogen says she agrees with Governor Tom Wolf’s recommendation to halt sports. She says it’s not about stopping sports, it’s about stopping the virus.

Bogen also said the county is doing what it can to make sure kids are in good hands when they start school soon.

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