CDC: Allegheny, Westmoreland counties move to high covid-19 level – TribLIVE

Rising cases and hospitalizations pushed Allegheny and Westmoreland counties into the “high” covid-19 community level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which set standards for defining the amount of the virus within a community.

Allegheny County, which recorded nearly 2,700 additional infections over the past week, was in the “low” level as defined by the CDC two weeks ago. Levels rose to “medium’ last week. The CDC updates its transmission map weekly.

Westmoreland County was in the low level last week.

Both counties have recorded infection rates higher than 200 per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, which automatically pushes a county into at least the medium level.


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Counties move to the high level when the rate of new covid hospitalization admissions is more than 10 per 100,000 over the course of a week or the percent of in-patient hospital beds occupied by covid patients is greater than 10%.

In Westmoreland County over the past week, the case rate was just under 214 per 100,000, new covid-related hospital admissions were 10.4, and about 4.2% of the county’s in-patient beds are occupied by covid patients.

Allegheny County’s hospital-related statistics were the same as Westmoreland County’s. The case rate was just under 219 per 100,000.

Allegheny County’s move to the medium level last week triggered a policy requiring masking in Pittsburgh Public Schools, the county’s largest school district.

Per policy, when the county is in the high community level: “All students and employees are required to wear a mask while inside a school district building with few exceptions. Individuals participating in any performances will be required to participate in pool testing to remove their masks while performing during (high community levels).”

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan by email at or via Twitter .