Allegheny County posts lowest new covid numbers since early November

Chris Pastrick, The Tribune-Review, Greensburg
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Feb. 22—In the past two days, Allegheny County added 374 new cases of covid-19.

The last time health officials reported such low numbers, it was early November.

With the new cases, the county's total coronavirus count stands at 74,976. Three and a half months ago, when the county reported a two-day count of 350 new cases, that total was just over 16,400.

The Allegheny County Health Department's latest report, filed Monday, shows the new cases include 278 confirmed cases from 1,543 PCR tests conducted from Oct. 8 to Sunday. Officials said three positive cases are more than a week old, with one of those from October and one from November.

Officials reported 96 additional probable cases. Health officials define a probable case as one in which a patient has a positive viral antigen test or covid symptoms with a "high-risk exposure" to someone who has been confirmed to have coronavirus.

New cases ranged in age from 5 months to 92 years, with a median age of 36 years.

Officials said not only were there were no new deaths reported, but two deaths previously reported in Allegheny County also were transferred to another county. That puts the county's overall covid-related death total at 1,627.

Despite the county's death total adjustment, the state's health department reported four new covid-related deaths in the county, for a total of 1,689. The discrepancy between the county and the state is attributed to different reporting methods.

The age breakdown of the latest cases — 179 female, 195 male — is:

— Ages 0-4: 10

— Ages 5-12: 16

— Ages 13-18: 30

— Ages 19-24: 42

— Ages 25-49: 162

— Ages 50-64: 70

— Ages 65 and over: 44

Over the past two days, Allegheny County had the highest number of new covid cases in the state with 374. It was followed by Philadelphia (264), Montgomery (261), Bucks (201) and Lancaster (183).

As of Monday, the state was reporting that 151,869 — or 12.5% — of county residents had received at least one dose of a covid vaccine, while 50,497 individuals (4.2%) have received both shots.

Allegheny County continues to have fewer than 200 residents hospitalized for covid-19, according to the latest update on the Open Data PA website. There are currently 190 county residents in the hospital for the virus, with 54 of those in intensive care units and 16 on a ventilator.

Since the pandemic began last March, Allegheny County has recorded 58,842 confirmed cases of covid-19, with 16,134 cases listed as probable.

Chris Pastrick is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Chris at 412-320-7898, or via Twitter .