PA Posts Highest Single Day New COVID Cases Since May 22, County Infections Continue Slow Rise
HARRISBURG (JUL 2, 2020) - One day after the state imposed strict universal masking out of concerns of the growing number of new COVID-19 cases since the state has entered the green phase of less restrictive opening, the commonwealth posted the largest one-day increase of new cases in over a month.
Data released this morning by the Pennsylvania Department of Health shows the state added 832 new cases as of 12:01 am today. This is the largest single-day gain since May 22, when the state had 866 new cases. It was the 14th day in a row the state added more than 450 cases. Another 25 Pennsylvanians died yesterday from COVID-related causes, bringing the state death total to 6,712. Pennsylvania has identified a total of 88,074 coronavirus infections; 16,778 have been added since June 1.
Monroe County continues to increase it's daily average of new cases, a trend that began on June 15. Today's report added 5 new cases, giving the county 1,428 total cases. No new deaths have been reported for nearly two weeks ago, on June 19. The county is now averaging 5.85 new cases per day.
The department of health reports that 632 patients are hospitalized in Pennsylvania, up one case since yesterday, and down from the 791 on June 15.
“Our latest data shows that the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing across the state,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “The virus has not gone away. Each of us has a responsibility to continue to protect ourselves, our loved ones and others by wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and washing our hands frequently. Together we can protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our essential workers and our healthcare system.”
As the holiday weekend approaches, the state is urging "that all Pennsylvanians take steps to protect themselves and those around them. Residents are encouraged to avoid large gatherings and to remember that mask-wearing is required in public settings and when around other people to prevent further spread of COVID-19."
According to an order signed by Secretary of Health, mask wearing is required whenever anyone leaves home. Consistent mask wearing has been shown to be critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
There are 634 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. Pursuant to CDC practice, they are included in the "total cases" for a state or county. There are 702,199 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:
Nearly 1% are ages 0-4;
1% are ages 5-12;
2% are ages 13-18;
7% are ages 19-24;
Nearly 37% are ages 25-49;
24% are ages 50-64; and
27% 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.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 17,856 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,316 cases among employees, for a total of 21,172 at 702 distinct facilities in 53 counties. Out of the commonwealth's total deaths, 4,590 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.
Approximately 6,706 of the total Pennsylvania cases are in health care workers.