HARRISBURG – While there are more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there are only two new cases in Clearfield County.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed that as of 12 a.m., July 17, there are 1,032 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 99,478.
According to the department’s Web site, Clearfield County has 98 total cases while 3,086 patients have tested negative for the virus. Of those cases, 76 are confirmed and 22 are probable.
It was also noted that Allegheny County is reporting an increase of 240 cases and Philadelphia County is reporting an increase of 163 cases.
The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between July 10 and July 16, is 141,307 with 5,579 positive cases.
There were 22,940 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 16. These results represent the total number of tests administered.
There are 6,992 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 19 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
“As the state has put in place new mitigation efforts to offset recent case increases, we must renew our commitment to protecting against COVID-19 by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and following the requirements set forth in the orders for bars and restaurants, gatherings and telework,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said.
“Pennsylvania has been a model for the country on how to reopen effectively using a careful, measured approach. However, we know the virus has not gone away as we see cases rise, so we must work together to stop another surge.”
Levine said mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home, and consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
There are 638 Pennsylvania patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases.
There are 899,912 patients who have tested negative state-wide to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date, the age breakdown is as follows:
- 1 percent are ages 0-4;
- 1 percent are ages 5-12;
- Nearly 3 percent are ages 13-18;
- 8 percent are ages 19-24;
- 37 percent are ages 25-49;
- 23 percent are ages 50-64; and
- Nearly 26 percent are ages 65 or older.
Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. More data is available here.
The department said it is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19- to 24-year-olds.
An alert was sent to healthcare providers about the changing COVID-19 case demographics, as there are more cases in younger age groups than in those 50-64 and 65-plus.
The following regions have seen significant increases among 19- to 24-year-olds in each month from April to present in July:
- SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 22 percent of cases so far in July;
- SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 17 percent of cases so far in July;
- NE – Nearly 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 17 percent of cases so far in July;
- NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 13 percent of cases so far in July;
- NC – Nearly 8 percent of cases in April to nearly 12 percent of cases so far in July; and
- SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 13 percent of cases so far in July.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,520 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,562 cases among employees, for a total of 22,082 at 777 distinct facilities in 58 counties.
Out of the total deaths, 4,784 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.
It was also noted that approximately 7,398 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. Currently, all 67 counties are in the green phase of reopening.