Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: 763 new cases, 15 new deaths reported

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That brings the statewide total to 100,241 cases and 7,007 total deaths attributed to COVID-19

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(WYTV) – The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported an additional 763 positive cases of COVID-19 and 15 new deaths.

That brings the statewide total to 100,241 cases and 7,007 total deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The number of tests administered within the last seven days between July 11 and July 17 is 142,110 with 5,552 positive cases. There were 19,399 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 17. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

There are 637 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. There are 912,486 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; 
  • 23% are ages 50-64; and
  • Nearly 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.

The department 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 about the changing COVID-19 case demographics, as there are more cases in younger age groups than in those 50-64 and 65+.

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% of cases in April to approximately 22% of cases so far in July;
  • SE – Nearly 5% of cases in April to approximately 17% of cases so far in July;
  • NE – 6% of cases in April to 17% of cases so far in July;
  • NW – Nearly 7% of cases in April to nearly 13% of cases so far in July; and
  • NC – Nearly 8% of cases in April to nearly 13% of cases so far in July.
  • SC – Approximately 7% of cases in April to more than 13% of cases so far in July.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,597 resident cases of COVID-19 and 3,587 cases among employees, for a total of 22,184 cases. Out of the total deaths, 4,802 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here

Approximately 7,470 of the total cases are in health care workers.

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