During the first few months of the COVID-19 epidemic, Bridgeville-area emergency medical responders encountered numerous patients who seemed to have all the symptoms of the virus, but none of those people tested positive.
That’s changed in recent weeks, as multiple people in the Greater Bridgeville Area have tested positive for COVID-19 after calling an ambulance to take them to a hospital, according to Dan Miller, executive director of SouthBridge EMS, which serves Bridgeville, South Fayette, and Cecil.
“Our call volume is down, but we are seeing more sick patients,” Miller told Bridgeville borough council earlier this week. “So we stress that everybody be careful out there because [COVID-19] is back in town.”
No SouthBridge staff members have tested positive for the virus, nor required quarantine.
In the past three weeks, there has been a sharp uptick in in the number of confirmed COVID cases throughout Allegheny County, including Bridgeville and surrounding communities.
If there’s good news, it’s that the confirmed case rate in and around Bridgeville has been lower than the county-wide rate, according to data from the Allegheny County Health Department.
|COMMUNITY||CASES||CASES PER 10,000 PPL||PEOPLE TESTED||TESTS PER 10,000 PPL||DEATHS|
|Upper St. Clair||60||31.1||1,149||595||1|
Bridgeville has seen 27.2 cases per 10,000 people with zero deaths. The City of Pittsburgh has had 60.9 cases per 10,000 residents, with 59 deaths.
There was been one death each in Upper St. Clair, South Fayette, Scott and Mount Lebanon, as of July 14.
The map below offers a deeper dive into the data: