ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. —
The Allegheny County Health Department announced its highest single day increase in COVID-19 cases to date on Thursday.
The health department reported an increase of 1,028 cases since Wednesday, bringing the total in Allegheny County to 30,543 confirmed or probable cases since March.
“It pains me to report these numbers. I had hoped we’d never see this level of community spread. This heartbreaking milestone must move our community into action. I implore to you cancel parties, weddings, gatherings, events and stay home whenever possible,” said Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen. “My heart goes out to all the families who have lost loved ones throughout this pandemic. We can, and we must do better.”
Of the new cases, the county said 962 were confirmed from 2,614 PCR tests, which means that about 37% of the tests were positive. The other 66 cases were probable.
To date, there have been 544 COVID-19 deaths in Allegheny County, according to local health officials. 20 new deaths were reported Thursday.
For a current look at hospitalization data in Allegheny County (although not specific to Allegheny County residents), visit the state’s dashboard at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Cases.aspx. Select the “Hospital Preparedness” tab from the bottom of the page and then choose Allegheny County from the dropdown.