Everyone in Allegheny County — especially the local media — needs to know that number.
That’s how many people in Allegheny County under 20 years of age have died of Covid-19 — in four months.
Here’s another number you should know — one that the local panic media might want to mention now and then in their breathless daily stories about the “alarming” rise of new positive Covid-19 cases reported among the young:
That’s how many of Allegheny County’s 1.3 million people under age 60 have died of (and/or with) the coronavirus. Total. In four months. For the math impaired, that’s 1 death a week.
There haven’t been more than 2 deaths in a day in the county since May 21.
If you think the tragic deaths of those 12 youngish people justified shutting down most of the economic and social life of the county for three months, or justify shutting it down for one more day, then you’re ready for a brilliant career in politics or what’s left of the legacy media.
Pittsburgh, the city the pandemic barely visited.
While we’re at it, here are two other numbers you should know that provide what journalists call ‘perspective’ or ‘context.’
187 and 147.
187 is the official total of C-19 deaths in the county, as of July 3. In four months. 187 tragedies. (81 percent were age 70 or older. Nearly everyone was already very sick or obese.)
147 is the official total of those 187 deaths that occurred in nursing homes and long-term care homes.
For the math impaired, that means 78 percent of C-19 deaths in the county occurred in nursing home/care facilities — almost twice the nationwide average, btw.
To put it differently, that means 40 of the people who died of C-19 in Allegheny County since the war on the coronavirus was declared in March DID NOT reside in a nursing home or care facility.
A tip to the journalists running the local print and electronic media: That’s pretty scandalous.
In your daily reports of ‘alarming’ spikes in new infections, you might want to stress that the most dangerous place to be in Allegheny County has been a nursing home, not a crowded singles bar or a backyard cookout for more than 10 family members.
And instead of doing any more ‘shame’ stories about people not wearing masks when they serve you a pizza or take out their trash, the local media might want to question the people in charge a little more aggressively and do some investigative journalism.
Updates, as of July 7:
Of the state’s 6,746 deaths, the state health department says 4,593 were people residing in nursing or long-term care facilities.
The daily numbers of deaths in the state jump around because of when and how deaths are reported.
But on July 2, there were 2 Covid-19 deaths reported in the entire state. On July 5, there were 3. On July 6, there was 1 and on July 7 there were 33. https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/LTCF-Data.aspx187
For Allegheny County, health officials say as of July 6 there have been 190 Covid-19 deaths recorded since March 14. On July 6 officials added 6 more deaths to the total, but they were not new cases.
The 6 additional deaths, taken from the state’s Electronic Data Reporting System, occurred between April 5 and June 13.
That means they have no relevance to the current daily death rate in Allegheny County, which has fallen to nearly zero despite the rising number of new cases each day (200-plus). Each of the six newly reported deaths was over 65 years and older.