Dept. of Health confirms over 1K new COVID-19 cases, brings statewide total to over 155K


The Pennsylvania Department of Health is confirming 1,029 new positive COVID-19 cases across the commonwealth today.

As of 12 a.m. on Sept. 26, state health officials say that 155,232 Pennsylvanians have been infected with the coronavirus.

Allegheny is reporting an increase of 102 cases.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between September 19 and September 25 is 182,437 with 5,520 positive cases. There were 26,337 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., September 25. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 8,103 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 22 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here.

There are 392 cases who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 645 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 1,830,292 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
  • Approximately 13% are ages 19-24
  • Approximately 36% are ages 25-49
  • Nearly 22% 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 department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds. An alert was sent to healthcare providers about the changing COVID-19 case demographics, as there are more cases in younger age groups than in those 50-64 and 65+. 

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

  • NC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 68 percent of cases so far in September
  • NE – 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 37 percent of cases so far in September
  • SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 29 percent of cases so far in September
  • SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 27 percent of cases so far in September
  • NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 19 percent of cases so far in September
  • SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 17 percent of cases so far in September

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 22,680 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,988 cases among employees, for a total of 27,668 at 973 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of the total deaths, 5,430 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 10,595 of the total cases are among health care workers.

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