COVID-19 infection rates continued to surge over the past week in PA, with the average new case count now exceeding 6,000 per day.
Since last Friday, the commonwealth recorded an average of 6,429 newly diagnosed cases per day, according to the state Department of Health.
This compares to an average of 5,914 new daily cases last week and 4,348, 2,633, 2,134 and 1,641 new cases per day for the prior four weeks, respectively. This week’s totals are the highest new-case counts in PA since the pandemic began in March.
The department also reports that testing has increased substantially over this time (see chart).
Locally, diagnosed cases are now as follows since the pandemic began:
- Adams County: 1,908 cases (prior Friday, 1,636)
- Cumberland County: 4,831 cases (prior Friday, 4,017)
- Dauphin County: 7,481 cases (prior Friday, 6,637)
- Franklin County: 4,262 cases (prior Friday, 3,582)
- Lancaster County: 15,890 cases (prior Friday, 13,564)
- Lebanon County: 5,105 cases (prior Friday, 4,444)
- Perry County: 649 cases (prior Friday, 553)
- York County: 10,604 cases (prior Friday, 8,875)
Today, the department reported 7,360 newly positive cases throughout Pennsylvania for the past 24 hours ending at midnight. The positivity rate statewide now stands at 11.1%.
With today’s update, 343,614 Pennsylvanians have now been diagnosed with the coronavirus, an increase of 47,828 over the past week, according to the health department. Active cases number 134,171. Currently, 4,087 people are hospitalized in PA with coronavirus, compared to 2,952 last Friday.
Statewide, Philadelphia County continues to have the most confirmed cases with 59,738 total cases. Allegheny County ranks second with 26,821 cases, and Montgomery County is third statewide with 21,071 cases.
The health department also reported an additional 595 deaths since last Friday, meaning that 10,234 Pennsylvanians have died from the disease since March. Fatalities totaled 465, 249, 191 and 159 over the prior four weeks, respectively.
Around central PA, COVID-19 fatalities now stand as follows since the pandemic began:
- Adams County: 46 deaths (prior Friday, 45)
- Cumberland County: 130 deaths (prior Friday, 102)
- Dauphin County: 214 deaths (prior Friday, 211)
- Franklin County: 104 deaths (prior Friday, 91)
- Lancaster County: 513 deaths (prior Friday, 504)
- Lebanon County: 106 deaths (prior Friday, 95)
- Perry County: 9 deaths (prior Friday, 9)
- York County: 241 deaths (prior Friday, 233)
PA nursing homes and personal care facilities have been particularly hard hit by the virus. Of total deaths, 6,459, or 63.1 percent, have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities, according to the health department.
In nursing and personal care homes, there have been 33,947 resident cases of COVID-19, and 6,553 cases among employees, for a total of 40,500 at 1,249 distinct facilities in 63 counties, according to the health department.
In addition, about 14,336 of total cases in PA are in health care workers.
Statewide, 3,129,689 individuals have had coronavirus tests, with 2,786,075 people testing negative, according to the state health department. Last Friday, the state reported that 2,944,656 people had been tested for the virus.
The state reports a total of 5,458,940 PCR tests, which includes many people, such as health care workers, who have been tested more than once.
Of the patients who have tested positive to date, the age breakdown is as follows, according to the health department:
- About 1 percent are aged 0-4
- Nearly 3 percent are aged 5-12
- Nearly 6 percent are aged 13-18
- Nearly 13 percent are aged 19-24
- Nearly 37 percent are aged 25-49
- About 21 percent are aged 50-64
- Nearly 20 percent are aged 65 or older
Most of the patients hospitalized are 65 or older, as are most of the reported deaths, according to the state. However, the health department has emphasized that, increasingly, younger people are being diagnosed with COVID-19.
The health department continued to emphasize that Pennsylvanians should do the following:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
- Clean surfaces frequently.
- Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
- Wear a mask whenever out of your house.
For more information, visit the PA Department of Health’s COVID-19 website.
Currently, we are providing a COVID-19 update weekly, each Friday, or as breaking news warrants.
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