COVID-19 Update, 929 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 96,671
HARRISBURG, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed 929 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 96,671.
The state said that 216 of the new cases were a result of a delay in private lab result reporting. They say that most of the 216 did not occur in the past 24 hours, but did not say when they did occur.
The number of tests administered within the last 7 days (between July 7 and July 13) is 130,315 with 5,438 positive cases, or a 4.17% positivity rate. In the seven prior days (July 1 - 7), 98,707 tests were administered, with 4,693 positive test results, a positivity rate of 4.75%.
There were 20 additional COVID-related deaths reported today, bringing the state total to 6,931.
Monroe County added one new COVID case in today's report, bringing the county's total cases to 1474. There has been no change in county deaths for several days, with 111 total being reported. The county's seven-day average of daily new cases is now 4.28. The seven-day moving average of daily new cases hit a low of 1.28 on June 15, before steadily rising. It went up to six on June 30. Total cases include confirmed as well as probable cases. "Probable" cases are those with symptoms or known exposure, plus a positive blood test; confirmed cases are cases with a positive COVID test result. Department of Health decisions and strategies are predicated on the total cases, and not just the confirmed cases; in addition, case reports prior to about June 1 did not separate out probable cases. Therefore, for an accurate comparison of the development of the disease, and to maintain consistency with Department of Health and CDC usage, The Boro* tracks total cases. The probable number also fluctuates, whereas the total cases do not. Relying on only "Confirmed" cases therefore gives an inaccurate and inconsistent picture of situation. For example, today, Monroe County has 43 probable cases; yesterday, 60 were listed as probable.
“As the entire state is now in the green phase, we must remain committed to protecting against COVID-19 by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and avoiding large gatherings,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvania has been a model for the country on how to reopen effectively using a careful, measured approach. However, the virus has not gone away and we are seeing cases rise, especially in Southwest Pennsylvania.”
Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
There are 850,612 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:
1% are ages 0-4;
1% are ages 5-12;
Nearly 3% are ages 13-18;
8% are ages 19-24;
37% are ages 25-49;
Nearly 24% are ages 50-64; and
26% 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 reports it 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 after the department detected a raid rise in cases among college-age groups. The following regions have seen significant increases among 19 to 24-year-olds in each month from April to present in July:
SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 24 percent of cases so far in July;
SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 17 percent of cases so far in July;
NE – Nearly 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 17 percent of cases so far in July;
NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to over 12 percent of cases so far in July; and
NC – Nearly 8 percent of cases in April to nearly 14 percent of cases so far in July.
SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 13 percent of cases so far in July.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,321 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,499 cases among employees, for a total of 21,820 at 756 distinct facilities in 57 counties. Out of our total deaths, 4,712 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.
Approximately 7,224 of our total cases are in health care workers.