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Reported coronavirus cases in Allegheny County dropped Thursday for the second day in a row after hitting a record earlier this week.
The county on Thursday reported 140 new coronavirus cases, 12 new hospitalizations and one death.
The county had its highest reported number Tuesday with 331, followed by 246 on Wednesday.
With 2,817 test results, the positivity rate for the new cases is 5%.
The new cases range from patients age 2 to 94 with a median age of 33. Positive test results span from June 30 to July 14.
Overall, 86,561 people have been tested in Allegheny County. Of those, 5,750 are confirmed or probable. The county has reported 205 deaths.
There have been 490 cases requiring hospitalization, with 170 admitted to the intensive care unit and 79 requiring mechanical ventilation.
On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered more restrictions on Pennsylvania bars and restaurants, effective Thursday, in response to what he characterized as an “unsettling climb” of covid-19 cases in the state. The actions Wolf enacted with the order limit bars and restaurants to 25% of their indoor capacity, a decrease from the 50% that had been permitted.
Allegheny County banned indoor dining earlier this month.
On Thursday afternoon, county officials said the health department was reviewing its restrictions. Officials reiterated that the county is permitted to enact more restrictive policies than the state’s but not less.
Health department Director Dr Debra Bogen will review the July 8 order and announce any changes on Friday, officials said.
The county restrictions include:
• Indoor dining or alcohol consumption at bars, restaurants or any other business establishments is prohibited;
• Indoor areas, including bars, of restaurants and retail food service businesses must be closed except for through-traffic;
• Customers are subject to a three-drink maximum for dine-in service at outdoor seating areas;
• Dine-in service at outdoor seating is permitted until 11:00 p.m.;
• Gatherings of more than 50 people outdoors is prohibited.
Mike Palm is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Mike at 412-380-5674 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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