COVID-19 cases skyrocketing: Pennsylvania sets record for 4th straight day with 5,500+

HARRISBURG — The fall resurgence in COVID-19 cases continues in Pennsylvania with the state reporting more than 5,500 new cases Friday, making it the highest daily increase yet, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The new 5,531 positive coronavirus cases bring the statewide total to 254,387. The new cases are from test results from Nov. 6 through Nov. 12. This is the fourth straight day Pennsylvania has reported a record number of cases.

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There are an additional 30 deaths reported for a total of 9,224 deaths as a result of COVID-19.

There are 2,523,984 people who have tested negative to date.

Unlike the state, Allegheny County did not have another record-breaking day in terms of new COVID-19 cases. Health department officials said there were 378 new cases reported, along with two new deaths.

Of those, 296 are confirmed cases from 1,673 new PCR tests. Officials said two of them were originally from Florida on July 8 and were recently transferred to Allegheny County.

“We started off with a bad number and the expectation is it’s probably going to get worse from here,” said AHN Pulmonologist Dr. Tariq Cheema. “What I’m watching for is the numbers. If they consistently stay above 300 or 400 daily and then we go into the Thanksgiving week, that is going to be a critical time for us.”

Since March 14, there have been 19,129 cases of COVID-19 in Allegheny County residents, 1,629 hospitalizations and 458 deaths.