HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12 a.m., Oct. 16, there were 1,566 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state-wide total to 179,086.
According to the department’s Web site, Clearfield County has had 385 total cases and seven deaths while 8,794 patients have tested negative for the virus. Of those cases, 325 are confirmed and 60 are probable.
It was noted that Allegheny County is reporting an increase of 141 cases, Philadelphia County an increase of 136 cases and Westmoreland County an increase of 108 cases.
The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between Oct. 9 and Oct. 15, is 238,610 with 9,592 positive cases. There were 34,782 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., Oct. 15.
There are 8,457 total Pennsylvania deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 25 new deaths. County-specific information and a state-wide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine reminds that mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home, and that consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
There are 1,560 cases that have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 646 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.
There are 2,103,044 patients who have tested negative state-wide to date. Of the patients who have tested positive, the age breakdown is as follows:
- Approximately 1 percent are ages 0-4;
- Nearly 2 percent are ages 5-12;
- Nearly 5 percent are ages 13-18;
- Nearly 14 percent are ages 19-24;
- Nearly 36 percent are ages 25-49;
- Approximately 21 percent are ages 50-64; and
- Approximately 21 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’s 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.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 24,334 resident cases of COVID-19, and 5,342 cases among employees, for a total of 29,676 at 1,015 distinct facilities in 61 counties.
Out of the total deaths, 5,603 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.
It was also noted that approximately 11,559 of Pennsylvania’s total cases are among health care workers.
Currently, all 67 counties are in the green phase of reopening.