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Penn State reports 688 COVID cases

Centre County total now at 1,135

(Editor’s note: The Pennsylvania Department of Health no longer provides COVID-19 updates on Sundays. Monday’s report will include data for Sunday and Monday. Visit www.lockhaven.com for updated numbers today).

BELLEFONTE — COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Centre County.

On Saturday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health added 73 cases of COVID-19 to Centre County’s count. It now stands at 1,135 cases. The majority of the recent cases continue to be from the State College and University Park zip codes. Of the 73 cases, 66 were are from those areas.

Centre County’s numbers are staggering. The four highest single-day case totals have occurred in the past four days — 184 (Sept.9), 137 (Sept. 11), 73 (Saturday) and 55 (Sept. 10).

The month of September has not been kind to Centre County. Since Sept. 1, Centre County has added 644 new COVID-19 cases — 158 more than the months of March through August combined. The State College and University Park zip codes have seen the vast majority of the new cases, indicating they are connected to the testing of Penn State students. Penn State unveiled its COVID-19 dashboard on Aug. 14 and the university announced it had its first cases. Since that time, Penn State has had 688 cases of the virus.

Centre County continues to be the worst county in the state at eradicating the virus. Between Sept. 4-10, the county had the highest COVID-19 incidence rate in the state over the last week. There were 255.5 cases per 100,000 people, according to the Department of Health’s early warning monitoring dashboard. The next closest was Columbia County, which checked in at 82.5. Centre County’s positivity rate over that period was 9.2 percent; fourth highest in the state and an increase of 3.9 percent from the previous seven days.

Meanwhile, Clinton County added three new positive cases on Saturday, pushing its total to 169.

“We know that congregation, especially over holidays and in college and university settings, yields increased case counts. The mitigation efforts in place now are essential to flattening the curve and saving lives,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a release. “Wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and following the requirements set forth in the orders for bars and restaurants, gatherings, and telework will help keep our case counts low. Together, as Pennsylvanians, all of our efforts are designed to support our communities to ensure that cases of COVID-19 remain low.”

According to DOH data, Centre County currently has one COVID-19 hospitalization. Clinton County has none.

Throughout the Commonwealth, the DOH reported 920 new positives. Pennsylvania’s total now stands at 143,805.

The DOH also reported 25 new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 7,862. The DOH has reported 11 total COVID-19 deaths for Centre County and five for Clinton County.

As far as negative tests are concerned, Centre County added 360 negative test results on Saturday. In Centre County, a total of 20,059 patients have tested negative for the virus. In Clinton County, 29 more negative tests were reported. The county now has 3,773 residents who have tested negative.

Throughout the state, there were 11,972 new negative tests. A total of 1,664,000 Pennsylvanians have tested negative for the virus.

In Lycoming County, three positive cases of COVID-19 were added to bring its total to 540. In other nearby counties, the numbers look like this: Union (425), Clearfield (271), Tioga (51), Potter (25) and Cameron (8).

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

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