1,857 new COVID cases reported, 186 in our central region on Oct. 17

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed 1,857 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday, bringing state totals to 180,943.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between October 10 and October 16 is 234,583 with 9,778 positive cases. There were 41,794 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., October 16.

Currently, 2,119,850 people have tested negative.

According to the DOH, 9 additional COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing the total to 8,466.

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

A total of 7,526 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in our Central Pennsylvania region. Our region is showing 186 more cases than yesterday.

You can find the county by county breakdown below:

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Health announced they will no longer update the COVID-19 Dashboard on Sundays. Monday’s numbers will now reflect results reported for Saturday and Sunday.

Of the patients 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 34 percent of cases so far in October;
  • SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 17 percent of cases so far in October;
  • NE – 6 percent of cases in April to approximately 20 percent of cases so far in October;
  • NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 19 percent of cases so far in October;
  • SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 13 percent of cases so far in October; and
  • SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 10 percent of cases so far in October.  

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 24,482 resident cases of COVID-19, and 5,361 cases among employees, for a total of 29,843 at 1,021 distinct facilities in 62 counties. Out of our total deaths, 5,608 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 11,618 of our total cases are among health care workers.

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