Data Shows Who's Getting COVID-19 Around Pittsburgh And Who Isn't

Numbers continue to remain steady in the yellow phase

Joe DeStio
May 28, 2020 - 10:51 am

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    PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - New data released by the Allegheny County Health Department gives a clearer picture of who is and who is not getting COVID-19.

    That data shows residents of long-term care facilities compose 41 percent of 278 cases investigated over two weeks in May.

    But Director Dr. Debra Bogen says nearly half of all cases were not among healthcare workers or residents.

    Of the recent cases we’ve had less than half are among residents of long-term care facilities and about 10 percent are from health care workers and that means the rest of the cases are from people in our community,” said Dr. Bogen.

    Children under 18 are still least likely to get COVID-19 and there have been no cases of the mysterious multiple inflammatory syndrome seen in other parts of the state.

    On Wednesday, PA Health Director Dr. Rachel Levine confirmed 13 cases of MIS-C in PA with 10 others being investigated.

    In a release, the county broke down the cases:

    Between May 6 and May 20, our staff started investigations on 278 new cases of COVID-19.

    • 39 (14%) are healthcare workers
    • 27 (10%) are employees at long-term care facilities; these employees are also counted in the healthcare worker data
    • 114 (41%) are residents in long-term care facilities
    • 125 people (45%) are neither healthcare workers nor residents of long-term care facilities
    • 201 of 278 (72%) are linked to another known case; 167 are linked to a known cluster of cases; 34 are linked to another known individual case

    Of 125 cases that are not healthcare workers or in long-term care centers, 54% are linked to another known individual or cluster

    Bogen says that 17 of the 19 first responders sickened during the pandemic have been reported as recovered.

    There have also been no new cases among first-responders at the Allegheny County Jail in the period from May 6-20.

    Bogen adds next week should give a better sense if the infection rate has increased.

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