Pennsylvania Department of Health Provides Latest COVID-19 Update

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Health Sunday confirmed 619 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 129,048.

Allegheny County is reporting an increase of 86 cases and Philadelphia County is reporting an increase of 80 cases.

In Franklin County, there have been a total of 1,406 confirmed cases to date, with 63 probable cases; 15,415 negative tests and 46 deaths attributed to COVID. Cases per 100,000: 948.8.

Statewide, the number of tests administered within the last seven days between Aug. 15 and Aug. 22 is 157,396 with 4,889 positive cases. There were 20,088 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., Aug. 22. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,578 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 2 new deaths reported.

“The mitigation efforts in place now are essential as the new school year approaches and we work to ensure our children can get back to learning,” said Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and following the requirements set forth in the orders for bars and restaurants, gatherings and telework will help keep our case counts low. Together, as Pennsylvanians, we each have a part to play in working to ensure that cases of COVID-19 remain low.”

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 645 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 1,423,972 patients who have tested negative to date.

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 20,708 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,387 cases among employees, for a total of 25,095 at 915 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of our total deaths, 5,126 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 9,307 of the state’s total cases are amongst health care workers.