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Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 150 New Coronavirus Cases As County Total Climbs To 3,263 – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 150 new Coronavirus cases Saturday and no additional deaths.

The county-wide total now stands at 3,430 since March 14. There are 3,263 confirmed cases and 167 probable cases.

“Wearing masks, washing your hands and maintaining physical distance from others is absolutely essential to keep our community safe – now more than ever,” the county health department said. “Please limit travel and errands to only those that are necessary and take the appropriate steps to protect those around you. Your vigilance can allow us to keep our businesses open and continue to support the economy.”

Officials report that 408 patients have been or are presently hospitalized among all cases, with two more patients hospitalized since Friday’s report. In hospitals, 161 people have needed to be admitted to the ICU and 77 patients have required ventilators.

The death toll stands at 187, with 175 confirmed deaths and 12 are probable. A probable death is when a person had not had a positive test for COVID-19.

Out of the new cases, patients are ages 3 years old to 87 years old, with the median age of new patients at 26 years old.

Deaths have been in individuals ranging in age from 23-103, the youngest patients being 23 and 42 years of age. The median age of those who have died is 84.

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Allegheny County Health Department says contact tracing to be slower with spike in cases – WTAE Pittsburgh

, EXPERIENCE AND THE CALL SHE RECEIVED A CALL FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. >> NO ONE AROUND RIGHT NOW AND I’M GOING TO PULL OFF MY MASK. ALLEGHENY COUNTY SAYS THE NUMBER OF CASES HAS GONE UP IN THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS VERY CONCERNING TO THEM. ONE WAY TO STEM THAT IS THROUGH CONTACT TRACING. WE ARE LEARNING A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE PROCESS. >> TODAY’S ACTUALLY THE BEST I HAVE FELT IN THE LAST COUPLE DAYS. REPORTER: ERIN TOBIAS IS ON A ROAD TO RECOVERY. SHE WOKE UP FEEING BAD LAST SATURDAY, GOT A TEST THAT NIGHT. A FEW DAYS LATER, THEY TOLD HER SHE’S POSITIVE. AN HOUR AFTER THAT, SHE GOT THE CALL FROM A 412 NUMBER. >> WE WERE PROBABLY ON THE PHONE FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES, MAYBE. AND THEY JUST WANTED TO TRACE BACK ALMOST MY EVERY MOVE FROM THE LAST TWO WEEKS. REPORTER: TOBIAS SAYS THE TRACER WAS EVEN MORE INTERESTED IN THE CLOSE CONTACTS 48 HOURS BEFORE SHE STARTED SHOWING SYMPTOMS. CLOSE CONTACTS WERE DEFINED AS SOMEONE LESS THAN SIX FEET AWAY FOR MORE THAN 15 MINUTES, EVEN IF ONE OR BOTH PEOPLE WERE WEARING MASKS. SHE SAYS THEY WERE ALSO INTERESTED IN WHETHER OR NOT ANY KIDS WERE NEARBY AS WELL. THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ASKED FOR NAMES AND NUMBERS OF THOSE PEOPLE AS PART OF THEIR INVESTIGATION. WE ASKED TOBIAS IF THAT GAVE HER ANY PRIVACY CONCERNS. >> I GET THAT THEY’RE JUST TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT LIKE THE REST OF US ARE. THESE DOCTORS AND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THEY’RE JUST TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT. THE MORE QUESTIONS THEY ASK, AND PINPOINT HOW IT IS BEING SPREAD AND WHERE IT IS GOING FROM THERE , WE GET IT. THEY’RE JUST DOING THEIR JOB. REPORTER: THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT DOES EVENTUALLY CALL THOSE CONTACTS TO LET THEM KNOW OF POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO SOMEONE TESTED POSITIVE. IF YOU WERE, YOU ARE URGED TO SELF-QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS. BECAUSE OF THE LARGE INCREASE IN CASES, THE PROCESS OF CONTACT TRACING COULD BE SLOWER, BUT IT IS ONE

Allegheny County Health Department says contact tracing to be slower with spike in cases

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 speaks with someone who recently went through the process

The Allegheny Health Department says the volume of new cases means contact tracing won’t happen as quickly.Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 spoke with Erin Tobias.She woke up last Saturday feeling unwell. She got a test that night and learned a few days later that she was positive for COVID-19 and got a call from a contact tracer about an hour later.”We were probably on the phone for about 30 minutes, maybe. And they just wanted to trace back almost my every move from the last two weeks,” Tobias said.While they were interested in everything she’d done the last few weeks, she said the contact tracer really honed in on the 48 hours before she started feeling symptoms, and who she may have been in contact with.Tobias plays softball and told tracers the names of people she’d been close to. The health department defined a close contact as someone who’d been within six feet for more than 15 minutes.They also asked about children who may have been nearby. Tobias thought the implication was that younger children are less likely to abide by social distancing.Tobias says she hasn’t traveled out of state and hadn’t gone into bars or restaurants for long periods of time, adding that her family wore masks too.”They asked if I had traveled, they had asked if I’d been in any large groups, gatherings of 25 or more, any events, had I gone to any restaurant, public spaces, stores. This, that and the other thing,” Tobias said.Tobias said she trusted the health department with all this information, saying it was for the greater good.”Although part of me thinks this is not that bad anymore and people are OK, you still, once you do have it, you feel like ‘oh my gosh’ who could have I infected, or I hope that my case doesn’t travel around further to someone that would get it worse than me. So I was nervous to tell people, but I knew I wasn’t going to get any harsh backlash,” she said.Here’s a link to the latest guidance from the health department on contact tracing.

PITTSBURGH —

The Allegheny Health Department says the volume of new cases means contact tracing won’t happen as quickly.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 spoke with Erin Tobias.

She woke up last Saturday feeling unwell. She got a test that night and learned a few days later that she was positive for COVID-19 and got a call from a contact tracer about an hour later.

“We were probably on the phone for about 30 minutes, maybe. And they just wanted to trace back almost my every move from the last two weeks,” Tobias said.

While they were interested in everything she’d done the last few weeks, she said the contact tracer really honed in on the 48 hours before she started feeling symptoms, and who she may have been in contact with.

Tobias plays softball and told tracers the names of people she’d been close to. The health department defined a close contact as someone who’d been within six feet for more than 15 minutes.

They also asked about children who may have been nearby. Tobias thought the implication was that younger children are less likely to abide by social distancing.

Tobias says she hasn’t traveled out of state and hadn’t gone into bars or restaurants for long periods of time, adding that her family wore masks too.

“They asked if I had traveled, they had asked if I’d been in any large groups, gatherings of 25 or more, any events, had I gone to any restaurant, public spaces, stores. This, that and the other thing,” Tobias said.

Tobias said she trusted the health department with all this information, saying it was for the greater good.

“Although part of me thinks this is not that bad anymore and people are OK, you still, once you do have it, you feel like ‘oh my gosh’ who could have I infected, or I hope that my case doesn’t travel around further to someone that would get it worse than me. So I was nervous to tell people, but I knew I wasn’t going to get any harsh backlash,” she said.

Here’s a link to the latest guidance from the health department on contact tracing.

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