1,425 new COVID cases reported, 128 in our central region on Oct. 21

Coronavirus

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed 1,425 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday, bringing state totals to 186,297.

Currently, 2,167,536 people have tested negative.

According to the DOH, 29 additional COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing the total to 8,562.

Seventy-nine percent of Pennsylvania cases have been considered recovered from COVID-19.

A total of 7,913 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in our Central Pennsylvania region. Our region is showing 128 more than yesterday.

You can find the county by county breakdown below:

Of those who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

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

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 saw significant increases among 19 to 24-year-olds in each month from April to present in October:

  • NC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 32 percent of cases so far in October;
  • SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 16 percent of cases so far in October;
  • NE – 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 19 percent of cases so far in October;
  • NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 18 percent of cases so far in October;
  • SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 13 percent of cases so far in October; and
  • SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 10 percent of cases so far in October.  

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 24,830 resident cases of COVID-19, and 5,417 cases among employees, for a total of 30,247 at 1,033 distinct facilities in62 counties. Out of our total deaths, 5,666 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 11,795 of our total cases are among health care workers.

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