521 new COVID-19 cases reported, 24 in our central region on Aug. 31

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed 521 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing state totals to 134,025.

Currently, 1,524,195 people have tested negative.

According to the DOH, 2 additional COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing the total to 7,673.

Of the 134,025 cases across the state, the PA Department of Health estimates that 82% of Pennsylvanians have recovered from COVID-19.

A total of 2,503 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in our Central Pennsylvania region. Our region shows 24 more than yesterday.

You can find the county by county breakdown below.

The Pennsylvania departments of Health and Aging warned Pennsylvanians about contact tracing scams and emphasized the need to stay alert as COVID-19 remains a threat in our communities.

There are 10 cases who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 646 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure. 

There are 1,524,195 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;
  • Nearly 2% are ages 5-12;
  • Nearly 4% are ages 13-18;
  • Nearly 10% are ages 19-24; 
  • Nearly 38% are ages 25-49; 
  • Nearly 23% are ages 50-64; and
  • Approximately 23% are ages 65 or older.

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 25-49, 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 August:

  • SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 19 percent of cases so far in August;
  • NC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 24 percent of cases so far in August;
  • NE – 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 20 percent of cases so far in August;
  • SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 13 percent of cases so far in August;
  • SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 14 percent of cases so far in August; and
  • NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 11 percent of cases so far in August.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 21,034 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,498 cases among employees, for a total of 25,532 at 929 distinct facilities in61 counties. Out of our total deaths, 5,189 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 9,627 of our total cases are among health care workers.

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