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Pennsylvania’s positivity rate climbs to 11.1% as COVID-19 cases surge

PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania’s positivity rate has climbed to 11.1% with its seven-day case increase of over 36,000 new cases and 63 of the state’s counties with substantial transmission status, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Pennsylvania reports 4,762 new cases Monday, in addition to 7,075 new cases reported Sunday for a two-day total of 11,837 additional positive cases of COVID-19. The statewide total is now 314,401.

The state is also reporting a two-day total of 68 additional deaths bringing the number of people who have died from COVID-19 across the state to 9,870.

The statewide percent-positivity is up from last week’s 9.6%. Every county in the state, including those in our area, has a concerning positivity above 5% except for one county. The only exception is Cameron County.

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The number of cases of coronavirus cases of kids ages 5 to 18 was also up last week, with 3,937 new cases reported.

Of the confirmed cases reported between Nov. 8 and Nov. 14, 10% provided an answer to the question as to whether they spent time at a business establishment.

Of those who did provide an answer, 1.4% answered yes, they visited a business establishment 14 days prior to onset of symptoms:

  • 48% reported going to a restaurant.
  • 24% reported going to some other business establishment.
  • 15% reported going to a bar.
  • 14% reported going to a gym/fitness center.
  • 7% reported going to a salon/barbershop.

Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth or to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.

Allegheny County is reporting a two-day total of 962 new coronavirus cases bringing the total number of cases in the county to 24,086.

New cases range in age from one month to 100 years with a average age of 42 years. The dates of positive tests ranged from Nov. 10 to Nov. 22. Three tests are more than a week old.

No new deaths were reported Monday.