Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: 1,161 new cases, 19 new deaths reported

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That brings the statewide total to 161,284 cases and 8,179 total deaths attributed to COVID-19

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(WKBN) – The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported an additional 1,161 positive cases of COVID-19 and 19 new deaths since Thursday’s report, when 1,156 cases and 18 new deaths were reported.

That brings the statewide total to 161,284 cases and 8,179 total deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The number of tests administered within the last seven days between September 25 and October 1 is 189,493 with 6,726 positive cases. There were 31,833 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., October 1. 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 766 cases who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 646 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure. 

There are 1,904,971 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;
  • Nearly 5% are ages 13-18;
  • Nearly 14% are ages 19-24; 
  • Nearly 36% are ages 25-49; 
  • Approximately 21% 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 healthcare 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 the end September:

  • NC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to 64 percent of cases in September;
  • NE – 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 34 percent of cases in September;
  • SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 28 percent of cases in September;
  • SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 25 percent of cases in September; 
  • NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 18 percent of cases in September; and
  • SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 16 percent of cases in September. 

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 23,096 resident cases of COVID-19 and 5,131 cases among employees, for a total of 28,227 at 984 distinct facilities. Out of the total deaths, 5,479 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 10,874 of the total cases are among health care workers.

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