Pennsylvania on Saturday reported 1,857 new cases of coronavirus – a staggering 291-case jump since 1,566 yesterday – and the second highest single-day total state reported.
The all-time high for Keystone State has risen since April 9, with 1,989 cases reported.
The state Department of Health reported nine new deaths attributed to coronavirus after posting 25 on Friday. Wednesday’s total of 27 deaths was the highest of the week.
Of the deaths reported Saturday, eight occurred in October and one in September.
The total number of covid-19 deaths in Pennsylvania was 8,466.
The new data brings the total number of cases to 180,943. Officials said 1,673 were considered possible cases.
The state said 234,583 people were tested from October 10 to October 16, with 9,778 positive cases – for a 4.2% positive rate.
Of the new cases, 138 – or 7.4% – were from Allegheny County. Philadelphia reported an increase of 193, accounting for nearly 10.4% of state cases. Westmoreland County reported 102 cases (5.5%).
Officials have noticed an increase in new cases from the 19 to 24-year-old age group.
For example, in Southwestern Pennsylvania, that age group made up only 5% of new cases in April, while 13% of cases are estimated until October.
“We know that the congregation, especially in college and university settings, will result in an increase in the number of cases,” said Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine | “Efforts to mitigate the area today are crucial to curbing curves and saving lives.”
He urges people to continue to be careful when in public – primarily by maintaining social distance and wearing masks.
Nearly 2.12 million people in Pennsylvania have tested negative for the virus; in total, just over 2.3 million people have been tested for the virus in the state.
The positivity rate is 8.5%.
As of Saturday, 80% of people who tested positive had recovered from the virus, state officials said.
According to the Department of Health, the worst cases are seen in patients over the age of 65. This group records the largest demographic age for both hospitals and deaths.
In nursing homes and personal care alone, there are now 24,482 cases among residents and 5,361 cases among employees.
There were 5,608 deaths in nursing and personal care homes. These deaths account for nearly 66% of the total state. Nearly 1,021 nursing facilities have been affected by the virus.
In all, 11,618 cases of coronavirus came from health care workers.
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