COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County continue to surge as the omicron variant spreads, with hospitalizations rising.
On Tuesday, Allegheny County reported 23,459 COVID-19 infections from Jan. 2-8, an increase of about 10,000 cases from the prior week. Currently, 745 patients are hospitalized with COVID, including 43 on ventilators.
The county reached its peak of COVID hospitalizations, with 881 patients, in December 2020.
About 9% of the new cases are reinfections, and the county notes that a large number of new cases are in unvaccinated individuals.
Allegheny County confirmed its first omicron case Dec. 22, from a specimen collected Dec. 7. County Health Director Dr. Debra Bogen last week that was already straining local businesses and the healthcare system.
To protect themselves against the virus, Bogen advised Allegheny County residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they are eligible, including booster
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