The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 1,857 new positive coronavirus cases Saturday, raising the statewide total to 180,943 since the pandemic hit.
This is the 12th day in a row the case numbers have topped 1,000, numbers not seen regularly since spring. The pandemic started shutting down the state in March.
Pennsylvania’s highest one-day number of positive cases was 1,989 on April 9.
An increase in testing is contributing to the streak. The number of tests administered in the last seven days, through Oct 16, is 234,583 with 9,778 of those positive.
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In counties: Allegheny is reporting an increase of 132 cases; Philadelphia an increase of 193; Berks an increase of 108 cases; Delaware an increase of 104; and Westmoreland an increase of 98 cases.
There are 1,673 cases with a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases, and 648 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.
As of Saturday, 847 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus statewide, the department said. That’s up more than 100 from a week and 300 from a month ago.
There have been more than 8,400 deaths in Pa. attributed to COVID-19 since the pandemic started, including nine reported today. Most of those who’ve died were over age 65.
Pennsylvania says it is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly those ages 19-24.
More than 2.1 million people have tested negative in the state. Also, 80% of people who’ve been diagnosed have recovered, meaning they’re at least 30 days after the onset of symptoms or a positive test.
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