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Health Officials: Allegheny County resident is Pa.’s second COVID-19 death, as state IDs 103 new cases

By: - March 21, 2020 12:56 pm

The state Department of Health has announced Pennsylvania’s second death from the coronavirus, an adult from Allegheny County.

The Allegheny County death joins a death announced on Wednesday in the Lehigh Valley.

The announcement came as the department identified 103 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the statewide total to 371 cases.

During a Saturday briefing, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said that the department “will have an underestimate of the number of new cases,” due to community spread and limits on testing.

The state is currently prioritizing testing for medical providers, seniors, and individuals with chronic conditions.

“It is not necessary to test someone who has very, very mild symptoms, who has no other predisposing chronic conditions and is at home and relatively comfortable,” Levine said.

So far, 4,137 people have been tested for coronavirus in Pennsylvania. 

The department had identified cases in 28 of 67 counties across the state. The two new counties with cases as of Saturday were Butler and Montour counties.

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Stephen Caruso
Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is a former senior reporter with Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Before working with the Capital-Star he covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter.