735 new COVID-19 cases reported, 22 in our central region – Aug. 18, 2020

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed 735 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing state totals to 125,579.

Currently, 1,353,987 people have tested negative.

According to the DOH, 31 additional COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing the total to 7,499.

Of the 125,579 cases across the state, the PA Department of Health estimates that 79% of Pennsylvanians, have recovered from COVID-19.

A total of 2,133 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in our Central Pennsylvania region. Our region shows 22 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.

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 4% are ages 13-18;
  • Nearly 10% are ages 19-24; 
  • Nearly 38% are ages 25-49; 
  • Nearly 23% are ages 50-64; and
  • Nearly 24% 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 has seen 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 17 percent of cases in August;
  • NE – 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 17 percent of cases in August;
  • SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 12 percent of cases in August;
  • SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 12 percent of cases in August;
  • NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 10 percent of cases in August; and
  • NC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 9 percent of cases in August.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 20,375 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,226 cases among employees, for a total of 24,601 at 892 distinct facilities in 63 counties. Out of our total deaths, 5,057 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 8,922 of our total cases are amongst health care workers.

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