Officials said the county is seeing more cases and hospitalizations.By Meghan Schiller

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Despite more vaccinations, coronavirus cases are going up. This is all part of a spring surge in Allegheny County.

County officials plan to launch another vaccination clinic in McKeesport and will open appointments for the clinic soon.

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The Allegheny County Health Department will also launch a new vaccination registration system. The county is currently using it internally for its clinics, but the public will soon be able to register and get invited to schedule a dose.

Expect an announcement by the end of the week about when the system will be available.

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As for the spring surge in cases, Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Boden said the county is seeing more cases and hospitalizations.

There was a large party in Allegheny County among children outside of school that contributed to a lot of cases because there was no social distancing or mask-wearing. It led to the closure of a local elementary school.

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“We’ve noticed a significant rise in people ignoring mitigation strategies. When coupled with more variant cases, we have the foundation for a surge, which is born out in our case counts this week. We are now back to where we were in mid-January,” said Bogen.

Meghan Schiller