Pennsylvania surpasses 300000 coronavirus cases; reports 112 deaths

Henrietta Strickland
November 21, 2020

Those totals do not include the city of Detroit, which reports its own numbers through their health department.

Wayne County recorded 1,170 new COVID-19 cases Friday, for a total of 4,185 new cases since Sunday. The number of tests administered in the last seven days, through November 20, is 400,253, with 41,399 positive (10.3%).

As of Saturday, 3,294 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus statewide, the department said.

Health officials have warned that as cases rise, hospitalizations - and, eventually, deaths - will follow. About 660 patients are in intensive care units.

Ravalli County Public Health Director Tiffany Webber said in the latest update that the county is seeing community spread of COVID-19 and that "public health resources are overwhelmed", due to the number of cases being seen.

See Saturday's Times Observer for a full story.

Seventeen other counties reported case counts of more than 100, including Erie (172), Washington (117) and Butler (110).

More people are testing positive than any time since the earliest days of the pandemic here in March when far fewer tests were issued. When accounting for duplicate tests, the seven-day positivity rate is 24.6%, according to a lehighvalleylive.com analysis following Johns Hopkins University methodology.

There have been 6,266 deaths at nursing and personal care homes. About 1,207 nursing facilities have been affected by the virus.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine urges people to continue to exercise caution when in public - mainly by maintaining social distance and wearing masks.

Speaking of hands, it is strongly suggested that people wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer when soap and water aren't available.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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