COVID cases surge in Allegheny County as omicron disrupts schools

by PublicSource

Following national trends, COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County are surging as the omicron variant spreads. County Health Director Dr. Debra Bogen does not expect it to slow in the coming weeks. The variant accounts for a majority of the county’s cases.  

Allegheny County reported 13,350 new COVID-19 cases from Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1 – an average of 1,907 new cases per day. Bogen said this is an underestimate of the county’s total cases because the health department does not account for the results of at-home tests. 

About half of Allegheny County’s new cases were reported among unvaccinated individuals, and about 9% were reinfections. 

Allegheny County also reported 41 COVID-related deaths and 199 hospitalizations from Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. The county is using hospitalization data to track the severity of the virus due to incomplete data on total cases. 

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