The director of the Department of Health, Dr. Debra Bogen, said that the number of people who ignore mitigation strategies and more variants of covid-19 has increased significantly, leaving Allegheny County with “the basis for a surge.”
She said: “We are back to where we were in mid-January.”
At a virtual press conference on Wednesday, Bogen said that the county’s positive test rate had risen from 6% last week to 7.7%, and that an average of more than 400 new infections were recorded every day last week. Bogen said that since the end of February, the hospitalization rate has also increased-about 1
Bergen said that case studies show that this spread occurs at parties of various sizes, usually without a mask.
The outbreak is related to high school and university sports, small and large events, and workplaces.
Bogen said an outbreak occurred after a large gathering of children outside of school, where there was no social distancing or wearing masks. As a result, an elementary school had to be closed. She did not name the school.
Bogen said: “Everyone is receiving vaccinations-we are all trying our best to do this-the only way this epidemic will subside is if we all follow the tried and true mitigation strategies,”
Bogen said that despite this, vaccine distribution in Allegheny County is still ongoing. More than 70% of county residents aged 65 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Among residents between the ages of 50 and 64, more than 40% have already taken the first dose.
The Department of Health signed an agreement with a location in McKeesport to distribute vaccines-adding to the county’s existing locations in the Shannon Castle, Ross, and Hill districts. The appointment will open there later next week.
Teghan Simonton is a review writer for the Tribune. You can contact Teghan at 724-226-4680, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter.
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