COVID cases sharply rise in Allegheny County as holiday season approaches

by PublicSource

Allegheny County reported an average of 600 to 650 new COVID-19 cases per day over the past two weeks, a dramatic increase of around 67% from just two weeks ago. The county reported nearly 900 new cases today alone, Dr. LuAnn Brink, the chief epidemiologist for the health department, said at a Wednesday press briefing. 

Brink does not expect the spread of the virus to improve as the holiday season approaches. 

“This is the time of year when people head inside and gather with others, and that, as we know, is the exact type of environment that fosters the spread of this virus,” she said.

The county has reported 67 COVID-related deaths so far in November, putting the county on track to report fewer deaths than in October. Last month the county saw its third-most COVID-related deaths since the pandemic began. Nearly all of the vaccinated individuals who

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