Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 18, that there are 763 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 100,241. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.
Allegheny is reporting an increase of 135 cases.
The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 11 and July 17 is 142,110 with 5,552 positive cases. There were 19,399 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 17. These results represent the total number of tests administered.
There are 7,007 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 15 new deaths reported. 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.”
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 637 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 912,486 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:
· 1% are ages 0-4;
· 1% are ages 5-12;
· Nearly 3% are ages 13-18;
· 8% are ages 19-24;
· 37% are ages 25-49;
· 23% are ages 50-64; and
· Nearly 26% 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 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+. 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 – 6 percent of cases in April to 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; and
· NC – Nearly 8 percent of cases in April to nearly 13 percent of cases so far in July.
· SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to more than 13 percent of cases so far in July.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,597 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,587 cases among employees, for a total of 22,184 at 782 distinct facilities in 58 counties. Out of our total deaths, 4,802 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.
Approximately 7,470 of our 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.
Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, July 17:
· Announced action steps Congress must take to help restaurants.
· Issued 44 warnings for COVID-19 compliance from enforcement checks by the State Police Bureau of Liquor Control.
· Provided a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard.=
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.
Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics
· Daily COVID-19 Report
· Press releases regarding coronavirus
· Latest information on the coronavirus
· Photos of the state’s lab in Exton (for download and use)
· Coronavirus and preparedness graphics (located at the bottom of the page)
· Community preparedness and procedures materials
· Map with the number of COVID-19 cases
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.
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