PA Confirms 888 New COVID Cases, 15 Deaths

HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - On Saturday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 888 new cases of COVID-19 across the state.

The newest update brings the Pennsylvania total to 112,936, with cases in all 67 counties.

Allegheny County announced 66 new cases on Saturday.

In the seven-day period of July 25 through July 31, 156,111 tests were administered, and 6,477 of the tests came back positive.

21,388 of the tests were reported on Friday, July 31 up through 10 p.m.

In the commonwealth, 7,204 deaths have been linked to COVID-19; 15 new deaths were reported from July 31.

And 1,119,386 cases have come back negative since testing began. 

"As the state has put in place new 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."

According to data from The Pennsylvania Department of Health, the age ranges for the positive case percentages are:

  • 1% are ages 0-4
  • 1% are ages 5-12
  • 3% are ages 13-18
  • 9% are ages 19-24 
  • 37% are ages 25-49 
  • Nearly 23% are ages 50-64
  • 24% are ages 65 or older.

There has been the start of a shift in the afflicted demographic, as the 25-49 age bracket has increased in the number of positive cases.

It is now the leading age group over other heavily affected populations, such as the 50-64 or 65 and older ranges. 

Also, along with a digital map of all the cases, the Department of Health has broken down the 25-49 demographic outbreaks into zones across the state:

  • Southeast – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 19 percent of cases so far in July
  • Southwest – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 18 percent of cases so far in July
  • Northeast – 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 17 percent of cases so far in July
  • North central – Nearly 8 percent of cases in April to nearly 14 percent of cases so far in July
  • South central – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 14 percent of cases so far in July
  • Northwest – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to approximately nearly 14 percent of cases so far in July

In nursing homes or personal care homes, 19,558 cases have been found within the residents, and 3,954 have been detected within the employees.

The 23,512 total comes from 856 different facilities in 61 counties.

8,271 cases have been tested in health care workers.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reminds everyone that wearing masks into businesses and when leaving your home is required.

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