Pennsylvania reported fewer cases of coronavirus between Sept. 4 and Sept. 10, so it did seven days before, but the state also saw an increase in its percentage positive results.
The news was contained in a release that also indicated a number of counties being monitored, many of which are university campuses.
On. Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine began her Monday afternoon briefing to journalists with an ̵
“I would like to highlight two areas of the state that have experienced the largest increase: In northern Central Pennsylvania in April, approx. seven percent of cases in people ages 19 to 24, ”Levine said. So far in September, 69 percent of cases in northern Central Pennsylvania are between 19 and 24 years old.
“In the Northeast, six percent of cases in April were 19- to 24-year-olds, and so far in September, 40 percent of cases are in that age group. Across the rest of the state, we are also seeing an average of about 19 percent increase in the number of cases and 19- to 24-year-olds compared to April. ”
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Levine did not reveal which counties make up these regions, but the state’s early monitoring dashboard provides a tip. Here are the 17 counties listed as monitored for “percentage-positive”:
- Columbia (13.4%)
- Indiana (10.7%)
- June (10.3%)
- Center (9.2%)
- York (7.4%)
- Fulton (6.7%)
- Armstrong (6.5%)
- Chester (6.5%)
- Butler (6.2%)
- Franklin (6.2%)
- Montour (6.2%)
- Beaver (5.7%)
- Clarion (5.5%)
- Mercer (5.4%)
- Dauphin (5.2%)
- Green (5.1%)
- Lyoming (5.1%)
The state percent positivity rate rose from 4.0 percent to 4.2 percent between Sept. 4 and Sept. 10, but the number of new COVID-19 cases nationwide dropped 490 from 5,502 to 5,012.
“One of the greatest experiences we have learned from this pandemic is that we are all interconnected and interdependent, really in every way,” Levine said.
“The virus has crossed all societal barriers because asymptomatic individuals can and do unknowingly and unintentionally infect others. We must be united. We must stand united in our efforts to stop this virus and do more harm to our communities, our families and our friends. ”