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COVID-19 cases see a big drop in Allegheny County, while hospitalizations are still on the rise

Katie Blackley
90.5 WESA

There was a 29% decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases reported by Allegheny County’s health department last week, compared to the previous week.

The 3,125 infections from the week ending June 1 exclude the 325 positive at-home tests that were self-reported to the county health department. Due to the widespread use of at-home testing, the number of recent infections is likely much higher than what’s reflected in the data.

Still, case numbers are trending down, though COVID-19 hospitalizations are rising, with nearly 159 people needing in-patient medical care in the past week. This is more than double the hospitalizations from the same time last month.

Also, 16 people died from the virus last week, making it the deadliest week since the first half of March.

Concentrations of the coronavirus in Allegheny County’s sewage increased daily between 7-9% during the second half of May. Omicron remains the dominant variant.

Sarah Boden covers health and science for 90.5 WESA. Before coming to Pittsburgh in November 2017, she was a reporter for Iowa Public Radio. As a contributor to the NPR-Kaiser Health News Member Station Reporting Project on Health Care in the States, Sarah's print and audio reporting frequently appears on NPR and KFF Health News.