Allegheny County saw a 39% decline in new covid-19 cases in January compared to December.
The latest report from the Department of Health shows a total of 15,559 cases reported in January. In December, health officials reported 25,405 new cases.
January saw an average of 502 newly reported cases per day as opposed to December’s 820 per day.
On Monday, the health department reported 169 new cases — the lowest single-day report since Nov. 2 (120). The past two days saw 402 new cases reported in Allegheny County, a 35% decline from a week ago (620).
From Jan. 1-15, the county recorded 9,549 new cases, while from Jan. 16-31, there were 6,010.
Of the 402 newly reported cases, 366 were confirmed through 2,100 new PCR tests — ranging from Dec. 14 through Sunday. The county reports one of the positive tests was from December, while four are more than a week old.
Among the new cases, 36 are listed as probable. 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.
The county’s latest cases range in age from 2 months to 99 years, with a median age of 42 years.
Among the newest cases — 211 females, 191 males — the age breakdown is:
• Ages 0-4: 13
• Ages 5-12: 19
• Ages 13-18: 16
• Ages 19-24: 41
• Ages 25-49: 144
• Ages 50-64: 84
• Ages 65 and over: 85
The county reported one new covid-related death over the past two days — from Jan. 10. Officials said the person was over 100 years old and associated with a long-term care facility.
Since the pandemic began in March, the county’s health department reports a total of 1,454 deaths related to covid-19. The state’s health department puts Allegheny County’s death total at 1,521, a discrepancy attributed to different reporting methods.
Despite the different reporting methods, both the county and state numbers reflect a lower covid-related death rate in January compared to December. According to the county, 556 people died in December. Through Jan. 21 — the most recent data available from the county — 109 died in January. The state reports 608 Allegheny County residents died in December, while 314 died in January (using numbers through Saturday).
Hospitalizations also dropped significantly in the first month of 2021.
The month began with 697 county residents hospitalized with covid, and it ended with 311 — a decline of 55%. Among patients in intensive care units, the number went from 238 to 89, and for those on a ventilator it went from 87 to 35.
Currently, according to the Open Data PA website, there are 313 Allegheny County residents hospitalized with covid-19, with 75 of them in ICU and 32 on a ventilator.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 69,537 cases of covid-19 in Allegheny County, with 55,192 confirmed through PCR tests. There have been 337,918 residents test negative for the virus.
Chris Pastrick is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Chris at 412-320-7898, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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