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COVID-19: 4,035, new record high number of PA daily cases

Harrisburg, PA – Once again, we keep breaking records of the highest number of daily positive coronavirus tests in the state.

This time for Nov. 7, the last available data at the moment, there were 4,035 additional positive cases of COVID-19.

We have consistently broken the record of highest daily cases almost every day for the past several days, including on Friday when there were an additional 3,384 cases.

The numbers are steadily rising, and experts warn that this is not just because of more testing but is part of an ongoing fall surge of cases.

Please continue to be careful, and reconsider any gatherings you have planned, especially if you or a loved one is at higher risk of severe complications from the virus.

Limiting the number of people who get the virus at once means we can help our hospitals from getting overcrowded. This is part of flattening the curve that we successfully did back in spring, and experts are hoping will can flatten it again for the fall just by all of us making small, smarter decisions.

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Press release from the PA Department of Health:

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., November 7, that there were 4,035 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 227,985. This is the highest daily increase of cases.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between October 31 and November 6 is 310,410 with 18,433 positive cases. There were 50,471 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., November 6. This is a record high number of PCR test results reported to the department.

There are 9,015 deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 40 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 5,180 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 646 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 2,426,121 individuals who have tested negative to date. Of those who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

  • Approximately 1% are ages 0-4;
  • Approximately 2% are ages 5-12;
  • Approximately 5% are ages 13-18;
  • Nearly 14% are ages 19-24;
  • Approximately 36% are ages 25-49;
  • Approximately 21% are ages 50-64; and
  • Nearly 21% are ages 65 or older.

There are 1,597 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 345 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. More data is available here.

The department has seen 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. Increases among 19 to 24-year-olds from April to present in November are available below:

  • NC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 23 percent of cases so far in November;
  • NE – 6 percent of cases in April to 14 percent of cases so far in November;
  • SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to 11 percent of cases so far in November;
  • SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to 10 percent of cases so far in November;
  • NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 11 percent of cases so far in November; and
  • SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to 9 percent of cases so far in November.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 27,333 resident cases of COVID-19, and 5,849 cases among employees, for a total of 33,182 at 1,115 distinct facilities in 63 counties. Out of our total deaths, 5,906 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 12,883 of our total cases are among health care workers.

The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
  • If you must go out, you are required to wear a mask when in a business or where it is difficult to maintain proper social distancing.
  • Download the COVID Alert PA app and make your phone part of the fight. The free app can be found in the Google Play StoreOpens In A New Window and the Apple App Store by searching for “covid alert pa”.

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All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.