PA continues record-breaking upward swing in COVID-19 cases

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 8,053 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, continuing the state’s trend of seeing more than 8,000 cases a day.

This brings the statewide total of coronavirus cases to 351,667.

Of those cases, there are 2,904 people hospitalized; 864 of which are in the intensive care unit. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older. The trend in the 14-day moving average of number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 2,300 since the end of September, the department stated.

An additional 41 deaths were also reported, bringing the state’s total to 10,275 deaths attributed to COVID-19. Most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of Nov. 20 – Nov. 26 stood at 11.7 percent. The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between Nov. 21 and Nov. 27 is 415,677 with 49,103 positive cases. There were 61,780 test results reported to the department through Friday.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 32,915 resident cases of COVID-19, and 1,232 cases among employees, for a total of 39,381 at 1,232 distinct facilities in 63 counties. Out of the total deaths, 6,430 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 14,198 of the total cases are among health care workers.