Allegheny County reports 68 new COVID cases; race disparities in worsen

by PublicSource Reporters

The Allegheny County Department of Health [ACHD] reported 68 new COVID- 19 infections Wednesday and nine COVID-related fatalities. The newly reported cases bring the total count since March 14 to 10,444 infections.

The case tally released Wednesday came from 1,088 tests conducted from August 24 through September 1.  The new infections were among patients aged 2 to 97 years old, with the median age being 40. Roughly half were in people younger than 50.

The new fatalities were in individuals in their 50s to 90s, with six of the deaths being associated with a long-term care facility, which include nursing homes. All the fatalities were between Aug. 20 and 28.

To date, the county has had 343 deaths and 985 people hospitalized because of the virus.

During the Allegheny County Health Department’s board meeting Wednesday, board member Joylette Portlock expressed dismay at the fact that the racial gap between Black and White residents had increased during each of the two major times COVID-19 cases

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