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Centre County virus numbers skyrocketing

1,345 new cases in the last two weeks

BELLEFONTE — In Centre County, the numbers aren’t getting any better.

On Tuesday, Centre County reported 195 new COVID-19 cases. That brings its total to 2,031. The 195 cases was the county’s second highest single-day total to date, only behind the record 212 reported a week ago. To put things in perspective, Centre County had nearly a quarter of all new cases in the Commonwealth on Tuesday.

In the past two weeks, the county has added a whopping 1,345 new cases of the deadly virus. The vast majority of those have come in the State College and University Park zip codes. According to a published report, Centre County is No. 6 in the country for “Where the Outbreak Is Worst,” metro areas with the greatest number of new cases — relative to population.

Chair of the Centre County Board of Commissioners Michael Pipe addressed the growing numbers in the Centre Region at Tuesday’s meeting.

“The virus will do what the virus does,” Pipe said. “I think it’s most important to look at that as a continuum. And to follow the continuum and see where we’re at. If we start to see an increase of hospitalizations, ICU, ventilator usage and ultimately fatalities … we need to bring that case number down as well.”

Penn State updated its dashboard on Tuesday. It reported that 294 more University Park students have tested positive for the coronavirus. According to the dashboard, Penn State administered 827 student random surveillance tests between Sept. 18-20. Those tests resulted in one positive, 591 negatives and 235 pending tests. Penn State also performed 507 on-demand tests in that same span. Those tests resulted in 68 positives, 163 negatives and 276 pending tests.

Clinton County added one new positive case of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Its total now stands at 199.

As far as negative testing is concerned, Centre County had 653 new negative test results. A total of 23,810 patients in the county have tested negative for the virus. In Clinton County, there were 16 negative test results. A total of 4,126 Clinton County residents have tested negative for the coronavirus. The DOH reported 10,735 new negative test results in Pennsylvania. A total of 1,777,916 patients in Pennsylvania have tested negative for the virus.

Throughout the state, there 834 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the Commonwealth’s total to 151,646. There were 19 new deaths reported in the state. A total of 8,203 Pennsylvanians have died as a result of contracting the virus.

According to DOH, Centre County has one COVID-19 hospitalization; Clinton County has none. Across the state, 429 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized. Of those patients, 58 require the use of a ventilator.

At Lock Haven University, the updated COVID-19 dashboard indicates that the university has tested 758 with 26 positives — a 3.0 percent positivity rate.

In nearby counties, the numbers look like this: Lycoming (633), Union (462), Clearfield (311), Potter (26) and Cameron (8).

For more information on COVID-19 and the numbers, visit the DOH website at health.pa.gov.

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