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(WJPA News) – COVID-19 Deaths Continue To Climb In Washington County
The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Monday that over the past forty-eight-hours they have added 10,068 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 771,845. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. Over the same period of time, there were 202 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 19,390. In nursing and personal care homes, there are 59,780 resident cases of COVID-19, and 11,184 cases among employees, for a total of 70,964 at 1,520 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of our total deaths, 10,022 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.. Approximately 21,780 of our total cases are among health care workers. Washington County added 188 new infections for a total of 11,448 cases of COVID-19. The county’s death toll rose by three for a total of 171. Allegheny County added 796 new cases for a total of 64,680 infections. The county also recorded four new deaths, bringing the death toll to 1,225. Greene County added 31 new coronavirus cases for a total of 2,193. The county’s death toll remains at 26. Across the United States, COVID-19 cases have now surpassed twenty-three-point-six-million and more than three-hundred-and-ninety-three-thousand people have died.
The state has issued a “Stay-At-Home Advisory” until further notice and mask wearing is REQUIRED in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
(Associated Press) – A pandemic atlas: USA by the numbers, telling and horrifying.
(WJPA News) – Task Force Calls For Ban Of Indoor Dining Again
The White House COVID-19 Task Force is recommending that Pennsylvania ban indoor dining for the fourth time. In a report issued last week, there is a list of recommended additional mitigation measures for Pennsylvania to help slow the spread of COVID-19. That included extending the indoor dining ban until at least Jan. 25. The state lifted the ban on Jan. 4, after a three-week shutdown during the holiday. Restaurant owners told Channel 11 they are still playing catch-up after that tremendous blow and trying to make enough to pay the bills, as well as staff. Channel 11 asked an infectious disease doctor with UPMC why the task force could’ve made the recommendation. “My guess is Pennsylvania has really been behind in terms of vaccination of the general public a number of other states have started vaccinating people over 65 years old, so I think the only people coming into restaurants have not started the immunization process,” said Dr. Dave Weber. Dr. Weber went on to say that the COVID-19 surge is worse than what we saw over the summer, but with proper restrictions, he says indoor dining can be done safely.