Allegheny County on Wednesday reported its fifth straight day of double-digit covid cases — a streak the county hasn’t seen since October.
According to the Allegheny County Health Department, there were 72 additional cases reported to raise the county’s total to 101,056. Totals for the previous four days were 62, 52, 71 and 80. The last time the county had five straight days of double-digit cases was from Oct. 9-14, 2020. The county’s seven-day average of new cases dropped to 85, the lowest since an average of 83 on Oct. 13, 2020.
Westmoreland County saw 34 more covid cases to raise its total to 34,023.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health added 1,127 additional cases, with its total climbing to 1,198,595. It’s the first day back in the thousands after three straight days in triple digits.
Elsewhere in the region, a look at county case totals and the change from Tuesday:
- Armstrong: 5,959 (+3)
- Beaver: 15,377 (+15)
- Butler: 17,404 (+27)
- Fayette: 13,144 (+16)
- Indiana: 6,313 (+18)
- Somerset: 7,951 (+14)
- Washington: 17,722 (+14)
Philadelphia had the most additional cases in the state with 163, followed by Allegheny (72), York (50), Berks (48), Bucks (44) and Montgomery (44).
Pennsylvania reported 38 additional covid deaths on Wednesday, raising its total to 27,123. Of the 38 deaths newly reported Wednesday, 37 are from May and one is from April.
The Allegheny County Health Department reported three more covid deaths to raise its total to 1,942. The deaths ranged from May 15-20, with one person in their 30s and two in their 60s. The state health department reported four deaths in Allegheny County, which saw its total rise to 1,969. The discrepancy between the two health departments has yet to be fully explained.
Westmoreland County had another two deaths added to its total, which grew to 765. There have been 15 deaths in May and 280 this year in the county.
In the region, Armstrong added two deaths, while Beaver, Fayette, Indiana and Somerset had one apiece.
Almost 49% of the state’s deaths (13,263) have occurred in long-term care facilities. Montgomery (1,106) and Allegheny (1,036) are the only counties with more than a thousand, but another 31 counties had at least 100 in nursing and personal-care homes.
Covid hospitalizations in the state continued to drop as they have done for much of the month. The state saw a decrease of 14 down to 1,172 on Wednesday, with 296 in ICUs and 177 requiring a ventilator. Overall, hospitalizations are down 1,035 from May 1.
Allegheny County’s covid hospitalizations remained at 108, with 32 in an an ICU and 21 on a ventilator. The county’s covid hospitalizations have shrunk by 46% this month after starting at 200.
In Westmoreland County, there are 25 covid patients currently hospitalized with seven in an ICU and five needing a ventilator.
Elsewhere in the region, Washington (14), Fayette (12) and Butler (11) are the only other counties with double-digit covid hospitalizations. The rest — Beaver (four), Indiana (three), Somerset (three) and Armstrong (two) — are in single digits.
Allegheny County reached 43.86% fully vaccinated, with 535,552 receiving the full dose, according to state data. Another 199,762 are partially vaccinated. Over the last week, about 2,166 people were hitting the fully vaccinated mark per day in the county. The average for May is 3,979 per day, while the overall average is 3,675 since the first three people became fully vaccinated on Dec. 14, 2020.
In Westmoreland County, there are 133,411 people fully vaccinated and another 35,532 partially vaccinated. That puts the county at 36.53% fully vaccinated.
About 537 people became fully vaccinated each day in the last week in Westmoreland County. For May, the daily average is 947 per day. Overall, since the first person in the county became fully vaccinated on Jan. 4, the county is averaging 940 a day.
Pennsylvania has reached 69.7% of its population 18 and older with at least one covid vaccination shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state has 7,089,162 people 18 and older with at least one shot. The state rose to 52.4% fully vaccinated (5,321,267) for those 18 and older.
Mike Palm is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Mike at 412-380-5674 or [email protected].
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