Allegheny County Seeing Spring Surge In Coronavirus Cases

Despite more vaccinations, coronavirus cases are going up. KDKA's Meghan Schiller has more.

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- And the county says this is all part of the spring surge we're seeing now. That breaking news was announced late this afternoon. Meghan Schiller joins us now in the studio with what the county has planned to combat the spread. Meghan?

MEGHAN SCHILLER: Kim, the county says it plans to launch another vaccination clinic in McKeesport and will open those appointments soon. It will also launch a new vaccination registration system. The county is currently using it internally in their clinics, but the public will soon be able to register and get invited to schedule a dose in the coming weeks. We can also expect an announcement by the end of this week about when that will be available to the public for scheduling.

As for that spring surge of cases in our area, Dr. Debra Bogen said we're seeing more cases and more hospitalizations. There's currently outbreaks in high school and college sports, and there was a large party in Allegheny County among children outside of school that contributed to a lot of cases because there was no social distancing or mask wearing. Now, an elementary school in Allegheny County had to make the decision to close.

DEBRA BOGEN: We've noted a significant rise in people ignoring mitigation strategies. When coupled with more variant cases, we have the foundation for a surge, which is borne out in our case counts this week. We are now back to where we were in mid-January.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: If you're someone following the percentages, our seven day rolling positivity rate just increase to 7.7%. We were at 6% last week. And she also says 10 more people are getting hospitalized each week. That is why the county wants to turn things around, or at least pump the brakes. So we can expect new details on that McKeesport clinic and the rollout of the vaccination registry in the coming week. Stacy?