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County adds 58 virus cases over holiday

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania had a pair of record days as the state readies for more COVID-19 cases as a result of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Throughout the state, Pennsylvania had 15,785 new positives — 8,425 for Thursday and 7,360 for Friday — increasing its total of 343,614. Thursday’s total marks a new single-day high, while Friday’s is the second highest. There were 42,854 new negative results statewide to bring the total to 2,786,075.

Locally, the Pennsylvania Department of Health said that Centre County reported 174 new COVID-19 cases over the past two days — 77 for Thursday and 97 for Friday. The county’s total now stands at 6,142, according to the DOH. Clinton County added 58 cases over the past two days — a record 38 cases on Friday and 20 on Thursday. Its total now stands at 647.

In Centre County, the numbers are staggering and the lone hospital in the county — Mount Nittany Medical Center — is currently is treating 32 COVID-19 patients. That marks the hospital’s highest number to date. Those patients range in age from 31 to 94.

The number of patients at MNMC continues to spike. The hospital has had 104 COVID positive patients admitted in November, with an average daily number of 21 COVID-19 inpatients. In October, Mount Nittany admitted a total of 58 COVID-19 positive patients and had an average of 11 COVID-19 inpatients per day. In September, it saw 16 COVID-19 admissions and an average of two COVID-19 inpatients per day.

Throughout the state, COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise. There are 4,114 COVID-19 patients hospitalized — 864 in intensive care and 445 on ventilators as of Friday morning.

The DOH now lists 48 COVID-19 deaths for Centre County, an increase of 10 since just Wednesday. Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers has confirmed 48 COVID-19 deaths, the most recent taking place on Monday. The COVID-19 deaths range in age from 62 to 104, according to a news release from Sayers’ office. In Clinton County, 11 residents have died as a result of COVID-19.

The DOH reported reported 139 new deaths attributed to the virus throughout the Commonwealth. A total of 10,234 Pennsylvanians have died as a result of the virus.

Most COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths have been patients 65 and older.

An estimated 61 percent of COVID-19 patients in the state have recovered, according to a DOH calculation.

As far as negative tests are concerned, Centre County added 947. It now has 46,957 negative tests. Clinton County added 48 negative tests. It now has 6,137 negative tests.

In Lycoming County, 57 cases were added to the tally. Its total now stands at 1,982. In other nearby counties, the numbers look like this: Cambria (4,014), Blair (3,911), Union (1,620), Clearfield (1,476), Potter (199) and Cameron (25).

For more information about COVID-19 or to take a closer look at the numbers, visit health.pa.gov.

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