Rising infections in southwest Pennsylvania prompt concern

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Renewed pandemic restrictions appear likely in southwestern Pennsylvania as virus infections in Pittsburgh and its border counties surge, driven in part by people frequenting bars and restaurants. Already, Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh is located and the recent spike in new infections is centered, is in the midst of a one-week ban on in-person service at bars and restaurants as health officials there try to contain the spread. There are indications that restrictions could be reimposed in surrounding counties that are also reporting rising infection numbers. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania on Tuesday reported its highest single-day caseload of new infections since early May, although the state Department of Health says that a significant portion are backlogged or delayed test results.

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