Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: 898 new cases, 39 new deaths

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Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine also criticized legislators who are trying to overturn those orders

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(WKBN) – The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported an additional 898 positive cases of COVID-19 and 39 new deaths since Tuesday’s report, when 834 cases and 19 new deaths were reported.

That brings the statewide total to 152,544 cases and 8,062 total deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Pennsylvania Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine opened Wednesday’s COVID-19 briefing on a somber note.

Levine recognized health workers who have died while treating those with the coronavirus.

Stressing the importance of state orders to curb the spread of COVID-19, Levine also criticized legislators who are trying to overturn those orders.

The number of tests administered within the last seven days between September 16 and September 22 is 181,386 with 5,432 positive cases. There were 23,750 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m. September 22. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

There are 339 cases who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 645 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 1,790,412 patients who have tested negative to date.

Of the patients who have tested positive to date, the age breakdown is as follows:

  • Approximately 1% are ages 0-4;
  • Nearly 2% are ages 5-12;
  • Approximately 4% are ages 13-18;
  • Nearly 13% are ages 19-24; 
  • Approximately 36% are ages 25-49; 
  • Nearly 22% are ages 50-64; and
  • Nearly 22% are ages 65 or older.

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. More data is available here.

The department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19- to 24-year-olds. An alert was sent to health care providers about the changing COVID-19 case demographics, as there are more cases in younger age groups than in those 50-64 and 65+.

The following regions saw significant increases among 19- to 24-year-olds in each month from April to date in September:

  • NC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 70 percent of cases so far in September;
  • NE – 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 37 percent of cases so far in September;
  • SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 31 percent of cases so far in September;
  • SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 29 percent of cases so far in September;
  • NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 19 percent of cases so far in September; and
  • SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 17 percent of cases so far in September.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 22,331 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,893 cases among employees, for a total of 27,224 at 962 distinct facilities in61 counties. Out of our total deaths, 5,360 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 10,419 of our total cases are among health care workers.

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