Pennsylvania COVID-19 cases top 20,000; nearly 500 have died


According to Saturday's update, 1,067 of the positive cases are healthcare workers

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(WKBN) – Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine reported 1,676 new cases of COVID-19 cases in the state, bringing the total to 21,655.

There were 494 deaths as of Saturday morning.

According to Saturday’s update, 1,067 of the positive cases are healthcare workers, and 1,409 of the cases are in 195 long-term care living facilities, which include nursing homes.

There are currently 2,189 patients in the hospital, which is about 10% of the total cases.

There were 38 cases in Mercer County and 46 cases and four deaths in Lawrence County.

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“Now more than ever, as we continue to see COVID-19 cases and deaths rise in Pennsylvania, we need Pennsylvanians to take action,” Dr. Levine said. “Those actions should be to stay calm, stay home and stay safe. If you must go out, please limit it to as few trips as possible and wear a mask to protect not only yourself but other people as well. We need all Pennsylvanians to heed these efforts to protect our vulnerable Pennsylvanians, and our healthcare workers and frontline responders.”

There are 98,498 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive, the age breakdown is as follows:

  • Less than 1% are aged 0-4;
  • Nearly 1% are aged 5-12;
  • 1% are aged 13-18;
  • Nearly 7% are aged 19-24; 
  • Nearly 41% are aged 25-49; 
  • 29% are aged 50-64; and
  • 21% are aged 65 or older.

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date.

All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide through the remainder of the academic year. Currently, the entire state is under a stay-at-home order.

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