COVID cases rise over holiday weekend; officials urge vaccination

by PublicSource

The Allegheny County Health Department reported 6,340 COVID-19 from Dec. 19-25. About half of those cases were from unvaccinated individuals, and 7% were from reinfections, the county said in a Tuesday press release.

“Even with a high level of vaccination, the CDC’s COVID data tracker continues to show high community transmission in Allegheny County,” County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said in a statement. “We have said this for weeks as well, but we urge residents, regardless of their vaccination status, to wear a mask in public, indoor settings to limit spread. “

The health department also cautioned that it believes the number of infections reported to be artificially low because they don’t include at home tests.

Last week, the department confirmed the first local cases of the highly contagious omicron variant. The first case is from a specimen collected Dec. 7 from an adult male, confirmed to be omicron on Wednesday. The

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