COVID-19 DOH Testing Lab

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Health

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Health

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Health

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Health

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Health

Pennsylvania Commonwealth microbiologist Kerry Pollard performs a manual extraction of the coronavirus inside the extraction lab at the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories on March 6.

Allegheny County registered a staggering 331 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, a number that surged due to a delay in lab reports dating back more than a month.

The county also reported a new death from the virus, taking its death toll to 199.

Allegheny spokeswoman Amie Downs said the county is working with the state Department of Health to determine why there appears to be a lag time in reporting dating to June 8, that more information on the problem could be released Wednesday.

The county, where indoor alcohol consumption has been banned, now has 5,364 cases of the novel coronavirus.

State Health Secretary Rachel Levine said 186 of the new cases in Allegheny were due to reporting delays.

Washington County registered 11 new cases Tuesday, taking its total count to 465. Greene County saw two news cases of the virus, and its total stood at 72.

The state recorded 929 new cases of the virus, 216 of which were late in coming from private labs, Levine said. There were 20 new deaths reported statewide, taking the total in Pennsylvania to 6,931.

Staff Writer

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley.

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