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Pa. reports highest daily increase in COVID-19 numbers for 14th day

COVID-19 numbers reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Health continue to be the highest daily increase in cases for the 14th day in a row.

As of Saturday, there were 5,551 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 259,938, the highest daily increase since the beginning of November.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between Nov. 7 and Nov. 13 is 366,928 with 30,437 positive cases. There were 52,408 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., Nov. 13.

As of 11:59 p.m., Friday, there were 50 new deaths reported for a total of 9,274 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

There are 8,089 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 644 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure. There are 2,538,147 individuals who have tested negative to date.

According to the health department, there are 2,314 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 480 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

The department reported significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 29,296 resident cases of COVID-19, and 6,074 cases among employees, for a total of 35,370 at 1,148 distinct facilities in 64 counties. Out of the total deaths, 6,059 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.