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Centre County jumps again; 137 new cases of COVID-19

BELLEFONTE — Centre County’s COVID-19 numbers continue to skyrocket.

It has been a record-breaking week for the county, but not in a good way.

On Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health added 137 cases to Centre County’s count. That pushed the county past the 1,000-case mark. It now has 1,062 cases of the deadly virus.

The 137 cases is the county’s second highest single-day increase, just behind Wednesday’s record-setting 184. Of the 137 new cases added Friday, 128 were in the State College and University Park zip codes.

Throughout the state, the health department reported 1,008 new positives. That drives up Pennsylvania’s total to 142,885.

Additionally, Penn State University updated its dashboard on Friday. It reported 289 new cases at the University Park campus for the week ending Sept. 4-10. Among the 289 cases, Penn State reports that 288 are students and one is an employee. The university also reports that 1,483 results are still pending.

The new coronavirus cases has sharply risen in September following a drop in August. Pennsylvania never reached 1,000 new cases during the month of August. According to DOH data, there has been an uptick in new cases among younger adults, including those between the ages of 19 and 24.

According to Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, those numbers have risen, quite simply, because colleges and universities around the state are back in session.

“We have seen a significant increase in 19-to-24-year-olds,” Levine said in a Friday news conference.

She urged colleges and universities throughout the Commonwealth to educate their students about the dangers of not masking, gathering in large groups and not social distancing.

“We have to work with young people and empower them to make the right decisions,” Levine said.

According to DOH data, three people in Centre County are hospitalized. There were 778 new negative test results in Centre County on Friday. All told, a total of 19,699 patients in the county have tested negative since the pandemic began.

In Clinton County, numbers aren’t nearly as bad. The county added just one case of COVID-19 on Friday, pushing its total to 166 cases. A total of 32 negative tests were reported on Thursday in the county, bringing the total to 3,744.

Lock Haven University’s dashboard reported one additional case of COVID-19, bringing its total to 59.

The DOH reported 17 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday. A total of 7,837 Pennsylvanians have died as a result of the deadly virus. According to the DOH, 11 deaths have occurred in Centre County. There have been no deaths in Clinton County.

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