​Still No Cluster of COVID-19 In Allegheny County, But Numbers Rising

As Caronavirus Grows, Influenza Wanes

Joe DeStio
March 26, 2020 - 5:05 pm
Allegheny County COVID-19 numbers for March 26, 2020

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Latest data from the Allegheny County Health Department show no cluster of COVID-19 cases here.

Of 133 cases, the city of Pittsburgh has the most at 48.

The city also has by far the largest and most dense population.

County-wide, cases are sprinkled pretty evenly, north and south, east and west.

Age-wise, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Lu Ann Brink says, "While most of the illnesses are among middle-aged adults, those 50+ are having the most hospitalizations."

Age is no immunity. Twenty-one cases or 16% are in the 19-24 year age bracket.

It's also interesting to note that as COVID-19 is on the rise, the number of new flu cases has fallen dramatically.

Dr. Brink can't prove that social distancing has helped to lower influenza numbers. But she does say, "Keeping a physical distance from others helps stop the spread of respiratory droplets, and that includes both influenza and COVID-19."

The number of new flu cases has dropped in half in each of the past two weeks. Dr. Brink says its also likely that the flu season is now waning in the Pittsburgh area.

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