Dept. of Health confirms over 1,300 new COVID-19 cases, 28 additional deaths reported


The Pennsylvania Department of Health is confirming 1,309 new positive COVID-19 cases in the state today.

As of 12 a.m. on Oct. 7, state health officials say 166,552 Pennsylvanians have been infected by the coronavirus.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between September 30 and October 6 is 200,610 with 7,429 positive cases. There were 36,675 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., October 6.

There are 8,272 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 28 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here.

There are 963 cases who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 646 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure. There are 1,967,542 patients who have tested negative to date. 

Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

  • Approximately 1% are ages 0-4
  • Nearly 2% are ages 5-12
  • Nearly 5% are ages 13-18
  • Nearly 14% are ages 19-24
  • Nearly 36% are ages 25-49
  • Approximately 21% are ages 50-64
  • Nearly 22% are ages 65 or older

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

The following regions saw significant increases among 19 to 24-year-olds in each month from April to present in October:

  • NC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 38 percent of cases so far in October
  • SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 19 percent of cases so far in October
  • NE – 6 percent of cases in April to approximately 21 percent of cases so far in October
  • SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 12 percent of cases so far in October
  • NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 23 percent of cases so far in October
  • SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 12 percent of cases so far in October

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 23,538 resident cases of COVID-19, and 5,210 cases among employees, for a total of 28,748 at 994 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of the total deaths, 5,525 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 11,113 of the total cases are among health care workers.

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