The numbers announced on Saturday by the state health department exceeded 1,989 cases reported on April 9 and bring the total state to nearly 181,000. Nine new deaths were reported, bringing the total number of virus-related deaths to 8,466.
On Wednesday, the state health secretary called Pennsylvania “at the beginning of the collapse” of COVID-19 but said there were no plans to reinstate a home order or close businesses again in response.
Dr. Rachel Levine that Pennsylvania is better prepared for such an influx than in the spring, citing an on-site contact tracking program, more personal protective and protective equipment and adequate hospital beds available.
Most hospitalized patients are aged 65 or older, and most deaths occur in patients 65 or older.
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