County virus numbers continue to climb

LOCK HAVEN — For a third day in a row, Clinton County saw its confirmed cases of COVID-19 increase by four.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported another four confirmed cases on Friday afternoon, increasing the county’s total to 95 cases since the outbreak first began.

Of those, 83 are considered confirmed cases and 12 are considered probable. The Department of Health defines a probable case as having “a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.”

Neighboring Centre and Lycoming counties also increased their number of cases by four.

Centre County reports 223 residents have confirmed positives while 16 are considered probable, the department said.

Lycoming County now has 224 confirmed cases and, with an increase of one, and 15 probable cases.

The entire Commonwealth saw a large spike in new cases Friday with 1,009 cases added to the tally. So far 93,876 state residents have tested positive for the virus since the outbreak first began, the department reported.

Of that tally, approximately 72,294 people — roughly 77 percent — have recovered from the virus.

So far 804,764 people have tested negative for the virus throughout the state. Of those, 1,729 are reported in Clinton; 5,337 in Centre and 5,276 in Lycoming.

DOH has seen a noticeable increase in virus cases in younger age groups lately, specifically those ages 19 to 24 years old.

The increase is statewide, including North Central Pennsylvania which saw an increase from 8 percent in April to nearly 11 percent in July, the department reported.

According to the department’s number, 37 percent of all cases are from those ages 25 to 49 with the second largest percentage in the 65 and older group at 26 percent.

The majority of patients hospitalized due to the virus are 65 and older, the department reported.

In nursing and personal care home, 18,164 resident cases and 3,428 employee cases at 737 facilities in 55 counties are reported. Personal care homes also make up a large portion of the death count in the state with 4,699 reported, the department said.

The department also reported 32 new deaths statewide, increasing the total to 6,880. Four deaths are reported in Clinton; eight in Centre; and 20 in Lycoming County.

The Wolf Administration continues to push for residents to follow Center for Disease Control guidelines in an effort to prevent continued spread of the virus. This includes:

— Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.

— Covering coughs or sneezes with your elbow and not your hands.

— Cleaning surfaces frequently.

— Staying home to avoid spreading the virus, especially if you aren’t feeling well.

— Wearing a mask if you must go out especially indoors where it is difficult to maintain social distancing measures.

For individual county data visit the department’s website health.pa.gov.


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