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PA reports highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases, Allegheny County reports one new death

With an increase of 4,035 new COVID-19 cases, Pennsylvania reported its highest daily increase since the beginning of the pandemic.

The state Department of Health reported the total of statewide cases is up to 227,985. With 40 new deaths, the state’s total number is up to 9,015.

Following a record-high of more than 50,000 PCR tests, the number of tests administered within the last 7 days between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6 is 310,410 with 18,433 positive cases. There were 50,471 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., Nov. 6. This is a record high number of PCR test results reported to the department.

There are 5,180 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases, and 646 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

Also reported was a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19- to 24-year-olds.

Allegheny County also reported one new death of a person in their 80s associated with a long-term care facility.

In the last 24 hours, 288 new cases were reported to the county Health Department. Of these, 165 are confirmed cases from 1,568 new PCR tests. There are 123 probable cases. The Health Department is unable to identify the number of positive antigen tests.

New cases range in age from 7 months to 95 years, with a median age of 38 years. The dates of positive tests ranged from Nov. 2 to Nov. 6.

Since March 14, there have been 17,126 cases of COVID-19 in Allegheny County residents, 1,528 hospitalizations and 447 deaths.

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