Pennsylvania reports second highest number of covid-19 cases


Pennsylvania reported 1,857 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday – a staggering jump of 291 cases from yesterday’s 1,566 – and the second-highest single-day total the state has ever reported.

The all-time high for Keystone state has been since April 9, when 1,989 cases were reported.

The State Department of Health reported nine new deaths attributed to the coronavirus after releasing 25 on Friday. Wednesday’s death toll was 27 the week’s highest.

Of the deaths reported on Saturday, eight occurred in October and one in September.

The total number of covid-19 deaths in Pennsylvania is 8,466.

The new data brings the total number of cases to 180,943. Officials said 1,673 were considered probable cases.

The state said there were 234,583 people tested from Oct. 10 to 16, with 9,778 positive cases – for a positivity rate of 4.2%.

Of the new cases, 138 – or 7.4% – are from Allegheny County. Philadelphia reported an increase of 193, accounting for nearly 10.4% of the state’s cases. Westmoreland County has reported 102 cases (5.5%).

Authorities have noted an increase in new cases in the 19-24 age group.

For example, in southwestern Pennsylvania, that age group accounted for just 5% of new cases in April, up from 13% of cases so far in October.

“We know the congregation, especially in colleges and universities, is increasing the number of cases,” Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. “The mitigation efforts currently in place are essential to flatten the curve and save lives.”

She urges people to continue to exercise caution when in public – primarily by maintaining social distancing and wearing masks.

About 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%.

On Saturday, 80% of people who tested positive recovered from the virus, state officials said.

According to the Department of Health, the most severe cases are seen in patients over 65 years old. This group represents the largest age group for hospitalizations and deaths.

In nursing and personal care homes alone, there were 24,482 cases among residents and 5,361 cases among employees.

There have been 5,608 deaths in nursing and personal care homes. These deaths represent about 66% of the state total. About 1,021 nursing homes have been affected by the virus.

Of the total, 11,618 coronavirus cases are from healthcare workers.

Samson X Horne is a digital producer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Samson at 412-320-7845, [email protected] ou via Twitter .

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