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PA again sees highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases with nearly 13,000 reported

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported Saturday that the state has again hit the highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases, with 12,884 reported.

This brings the statewide total to 411,484 cases, with 5,230 patients hospitalized. Of that number, 1,065 patients are in the intensive care unit, and most are ages 65 or older.

As of Friday, 149 new deaths were reported, for a statewide total of 11,262 deaths attributed to COVID-19. Most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older, the state release said.

The trend in the 14-day moving average of number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 3,800 since the end of September. Statewide percent positivity for the week of Nov. 27 – Dec. 3 stood at 14.4%.

The number of tests administered within the last seven days between Nov. 27 and Dec. 3 is 405,631, with 59,817 positive cases. There were 70,469 test results reported to the department through Friday.

There are 22,150 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 642 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure. There are 2,911,640 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 38,852 resident cases of COVID-19, and 7,135 cases among employees, for a total of 45,987 at 1,327 distinct facilities in 65 counties. Out of the total deaths, 6,931 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 15,455 of the total cases are among health care workers.