Pennsylvania sees climbing coronavirus case counts; Allegheny County reports all-time high for new cases

Written by on July 3, 2020

Pennsylvania sees climbing coronavirus case counts; Allegheny County reports all-time high for new cases

Sarah Boden, WESA

July 3, 2020

Pennsylvania reported Thursday its highest one-day total of confirmed coronavirus cases since May. And as WESA’s Sarah Boden reports, Allegheny County – a current hotspot – saw more than 200 new cases, a new all-time high for daily totals in the Pittsburgh region.

It’s also more than double Wednesday’s number, which itself was a record-breaking day. The county says while an increase in infections was anticipated, 233 cases is more than expected. 

 In addition to the new cases, there are four new hospitalizations and no new fatalities. Though public health officials warn these metrics might worsen, as hospitalizations and deaths lag behind increases in cases. 

This spike in cases seems to be driven by younger people, who are more likely to survive COVID-19 illness. But the concern is with the virus circulating more throughout the county, it will eventually reach high-risk populations, like the elderly. 

In addition to wearing masks, washing hands and keeping physical distance, the county urged its residents to limit travel and errands to only those that are essential. 

With the spike in coronavirus cases expected to grow, Allegheny County has imposed a one-week shutdown of bars, restaurants and casinos and all gatherings of more than 25 people.


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