Monroe County Adds 28 COVID Cases in August, As State Surpasses 115,000
HARRISBURG (AUG 4 2020) - With ten new cases as of 12:01 am today, Monroe County has added 28 COVID cases through the first four days of August. For comparison, 13 cases were identified the first four days in July, 14 in June.
While hospitalizations doubled overnight, the total hospitalized in the county is only four, with two on ventilators. The seven-day average of daily new cases for the county is now 6.57 new cases a day, compared to 4.71 one month ago, and 3.14 on June 4. While the average daily cases has more than doubled since June, it still remains well below the 12.85 average on May 4. One additional death was reported today, giving the county a total of 124 COVID-related deaths.
Nate Wardle, spokesperson for the health department, responding to an inquiry from The Boro*, said last week that the county is not on the department's radar as it monitors the general increase of community spread in Pennsylvania. "At this time, Monroe County is not an area where the state is seeing data that is of particular concern," Wardle said in his email to The Boro*. "We are indeed starting to see renewed community spread throughout of the state. That is why it is essential that mitigation efforts are taken, and enforced. We need people to wear masks, as ordered in the July 1 legal order, to social distance, wash hands and take precautions to protect themselves and others from this deadly virus."
Statewide, the Pennsylvania Department of Health today added 854 cases, bringing the statewide total to 115,009. An additional 23 deaths were also reported today, giving the state a total of 7,232 dead as a result of the pandemic. About 30% of today's new cases were reported in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas.
The number of tests administered within the last 7 days (July 28 to August 3) is 150,145 with 5,891 positive cases. In the previous seven-day period (July 21-27) there were 162,937 tests with 6,526 positive cases. Testing numbers represent total tests given. Many patients receive more than one test, but the positive numbers reflect only the number of individuals testing positive, not the total number of positive test results.
“As the state has put in place targeted mitigation efforts to offset recent case increases, we must renew our commitment to protecting against COVID-19 by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and following the requirements set forth in the orders for bars and restaurants, gatherings and telework,” 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, we know the virus has not gone away as we see cases rise, so we must work together to stop another surge.”
Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. The state has repeatedly referred multiple studies showing that consistent mask-wearing and social distancing are the two most effective mechanisms for preventing the spread of COVID-19.