The Herald's Weekly Virus Update
October 15, 2020
Cases / Death / Rate*
Bedford: 251 / 6 / 12.5
Blair: 883 / 23 / 18.8
Cambria: 681 / 7 / 5.3
Centre: 3,460 / 13 / 8.0
Clearfield: 312 / 7 / 8.8
Fulton: 57 / 2 / 13.8
Huntingdon: 552 / 8 / 17.7
Somerset: 234 / 3 / 4.1
*Rate is number of deaths per 100,000 population. Sixty-three (63) counties have reported COVID-19 deaths.
Update: Oct. 13, 2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12 a.m., Oct. 13, that there were 1,342 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 174,646. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.
The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between Oct. 6 and Oct. 12 is 249,065 with 9,097 positive cases.
There were 34,023 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., Oct. 12.
There are 8,384 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 16 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the Pa. COVID-19 Data Dashboard at http://www.health.pa.gov.
“We know that congregation, especially in college and university settings, yields increased case counts. The mitigation efforts in place now are essential to flattening the curve and saving lives,” 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. Make your phone part of the fight against COVID-19 today by downloading the COVID Alert PA exposure notification app.”
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 1,280 cases who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 647 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.
There are 2,060,093 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:
Approximately 1% are ages 0-4;
Nearly 2% are ages 5-12;
Nearly 5% are ages 13-18;
Nearly 14% are ages 19-24;
Nearly 36% are ages 25-49;
Approximately 21% are ages 50-64; and
Approximately 21% 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 saw significant increases among 19 to 24-year-olds in each month from April to present in October:
NC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 36 percent of cases so far in October;
SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 18 percent of cases so far in October;
NE – 6 percent of cases in April to approximately 20 percent of cases so far in October;
NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 21 percent of cases so far in October;
SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 14 percent of cases so far in October; and
SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 11 percent of cases so far in October.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 24,060 resident cases of COVID-19, and 5,311 cases among employees, for a total of 29,371 at 1,010 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of our total deaths, 5,553 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.
Approximately 11,405 of our total cases are among health care workers.
Currently, all 67 counties are in the green phase of reopening.
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.
• Download the COVID Alert PA app and make your phone part of the fight. The free app can be found in the Google Play Store or by searching for “covid alert pa.”