DOH: Number of Positive COVID-19 Cases Approaches 60,000 in PA

Clearfield Co. Has 33 Total COVID-19 Cases

HARRISBURG – The number of positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases is approaching 60,000 throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed that as of 12 a.m., there are 938 new coronavirus cases, bringing the statewide total to 59,636.

According to data on the department’s Web site, Clearfield County has 33 total cases while 701 patients have tested negative for the virus.

All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital, state health officials say. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here.

The death toll is now 4,218 with 44 new deaths being reported overnight. The remaining 231 deaths were the result of a reconciliation of data over the past several weeks.

County Case Counts to Date

County Number of Positives Number of Negatives Deaths 
Clearfield 33 701 0
Centre  128 1,368 6
Blair 32 1,642 0
Cambria 45 2,227 1
Clinton 43 383 0
Elk 6 226 1
Cameron 2 84 0
Jefferson 7 396 0
Indiana 82 938 5
 

“As counties move from red to yellow, we need all Pennsylvanians to continue to follow the social distancing and mitigation efforts in place,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said.

“We must continue to protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, which includes our seniors, those with underlying health issues, our healthcare workers and our first responders.

“I am proud of the work that Pennsylvanians have done so far, but we cannot stop now, we must continue to take the necessary steps to protect ourselves from COVID-19.”

DOH data shows there are 251,559 patients who have tested negative state-wide to date. Of the patients who have tested positive, the age breakdown is as follows:

Age Range Percent of Cases*
0-4 < 1%
5-12 < 1%
13-18  1%
19-24 6%
25-49 37%
50-64 26%
65+ 28%
 

State health officials say that most of the hospitalized patients are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

It was noted that there have been no pediatric deaths to date. More Pennsylvania COVID-19 data is available here.

DOH data shows that in nursing and personal care homes, there are 12,677 resident cases of COVID-19 and 1,922 cases among employees for a total of 14,599 at 549 distinct facilities in 44 counties.

Out of the total deaths, state health officials say that 2,896 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

It was also noted that approximately 4,217 of Pennsylvania’s total cases are in health care workers.

For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.

Non-life-sustaining businesses in the red phase are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide through the remainder of the academic year.

Currently, 24 counties are in the yellow phase of reopening; 13 more will move to the yellow phase on May 15.

Gov. Tom Wolf also released on Thursday an updated Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Risk-Based Decision Support Tool report for May 12.

The administration has released two previous reports based on public data on May 1 and May 8.

“Beginning today (May 14), we will post this CMU report twice weekly to allow Pennsylvanians to see the information produced by this tool,” Wolf said.

“This information contributes to our process which enables us to make informed, data-driven decision about reopening the state.”

The commonwealth is partnering with CMU to create this tool that enables a balance between maximizing the results of the economy while minimizing public health risks.

Wolf said qualitative and quantitative factors are taken into account in any decision made by the commonwealth and this tool provides one input into the decision-making process.

“It helps the commonwealth better understand the current health and economic status, as well as the inherent risks and benefits to easing restrictions by sector and region.”

The CMU metrics look at the impacts of risk factors such as reported number of COVID cases per population of an area; ICU and medical/surgical bed capacity; population density; population over age 60; and re-opening contact risk, such as the number of workers employed in a currently closed industry sector.

Wolf said that his administration will continue to work with CMU to refine the tool as more information and data are available.

Wolf said the CMU metrics are considered along with the county’s or region’s ability to conduct testing and contact-tracing to first and foremost maintain robust public health as well other economic factors.

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