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Local COVID numbers decline

Pa. deaths hit 20,000

HARRISBURG — There’s good news and bad news when it comes to COVID-19 numbers in Pennsylvania.

First, the good news: Clinton and Centre counties combined for just 54 new cases of the virus on Thursday. Clinton County added three cases. Its total now stands at 2,395 total cases. Centre County, which added 51 cases, now has a total of 10,408 cases of the deadly virus.

Pennsylvania added 5,664 new positives. That brings the statewide total to 788,834.

Now, the bad news: The Commonwealth reached a milestone on Thursday and has now recorded more than 20,000 deaths attributed to the virus. With 260 new COVID-19 deaths reported on Thursday, Pennsylvania’s total now stands at 20,128.

The death toll in Pennsylvania has more than doubled in the past two months. On Nov. 21, it stood at 9,801.

In Clinton County, the death toll remained at 45. In Centre County, Sayers has confirmed a total of 130 COVID-19 deaths, ranging in age from 55 to 104.

However, the Department of Health now lists 179 deaths attributed to the virus among Centre County residents, an increase of four since Wednesday. Sayers confirmed on Wednesday eight more COVID-19 deaths in Centre County that occurred between Dec. 31 and Jan. 14. The five men and three women ranged in age from 69 to 95. Overall, Sayers has confirmed a total of 130 COVID-19 deaths in Centre County, ranging in age from 55 to 104.

As far as negative tests are concerned, Clinton County has seen 7,739 of its residents test negative for the virus. Centre County has seen 55,184 of its residents test negative. Across Pennsylvania there were 13,744 new negatives for a total of 3,520,836.

Mount Nittany Medical Center is treating 37 COVID-19 inpatients as of Thursday morning, one more than on Wednesday. The patients are between the ages of 30 and 99, according to MNMC.

According the DOH’s hospital preparedness dashboard, which includes the medical center and rehabilitation hospitals, 39 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in Centre County, including two in intensive care and two on ventilators.

Statewide, 4,758 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, including 851 in intensive care and 530 on ventilators.

Nursing and personal care homes in Centre County reported one new case among residents and one among staff. A total of 16 long-term care facilities in the county have had a combined 645 resident cases, 138 employee cases and 134 resident deaths.

In nursing and personal care homes throughout the state, there are 60,597 resident cases of COVID-19, and 11,372 cases among employees, for a total of 71,969 at 1,525 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of the deaths, 10,137 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

An estimated 78 percent of COVID-19 patients in the state have recovered, according to a DOH calculation.

In other nearby counties, the numbers look like this: Cambria (10,342), Blair (9,518), Lycoming (7,596), Clearfield (5,272), Union (3,777) and Cameron (221).

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

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