The Herald's Weekly Virus Update
August 13, 2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12 a.m., Aug. 11, that there are 828 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 120,281. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.
The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between August 4 and August 10 is 151,455 with 5,298 positive cases. There were 21,755 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., August 10. These results represent the total number of tests administered.
Nearby county COVID-19 confirmed cases include: Blair County, 283; Bedford, 126; Cambria, 314; Somerset, 121; Huntingdon, 301; Fulton, 25; and Centre, 334.
There are 7,352 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 35 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard, which is available at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Cases.aspx
“The mitigation efforts in place now are essential as the new school year approaches and we work to ensure our children can get back to learning,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and following the requirements set forth in the orders for bars and restaurants, gatherings and telework will help keep our case counts low. Together, as Pennsylvanians, we each have a part to play in working to ensure that cases of COVID-19 remain low.”
Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Tests and Age Categories
There are 643 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 1,255,313 patients who have tested negative to date.
Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:
• 1 percent are ages 0-4
• 1 percent are ages 5-12
• Nearly 4 percent are ages 13-18
• Nearly 10 percent are ages 19-24
• Nearly 38 percent are ages 25-49
• Nearly 23 percent are ages 50-64 and
• Nearly 24 percent 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-plus. The following regions saw significant increases among 19 to 24-year-olds in each month from April to present in August:
• SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 17 percent of cases so far in August;
• NE – 6 percent of cases in April to approximately 18 percent of cases so far in August;
• SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 13 percent of cases so far in August;
• SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 12 percent of cases so far in August;
• NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 10 percent of cases so far in August; and
• NC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 9 percent of cases so far in August.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 20,086 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,166 cases among employees, for a total of 24,252 at 883 distinct facilities in61 counties. Out of our total deaths, 4,983 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.
Approximately 8,693 of our total cases are amongst health care workers.
For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.
Currently, all 67 counties are in the green phase of reopening.
Help beat COVID-19
The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
• Clean surfaces frequently.
• Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
• If you must go out, you are required to wear a mask when in a business or where it is difficult to maintain proper social distancing.