The figures released Saturday by the state health department are only exceeded by the 1,989 cases reported April 9, bringing the total state to nearly 181,000. Nine new deaths were reported, bringing the total number of deaths associated with the virus to 8,466.
On Wednesday, State Secretary of Health Pennsylvania stated “at the beginning of the fall resurgence” of COVID-19, but said there were no plans to reintroduce a home order or close businesses again in response.
Dr. Rachel Levine said Pennsylvania is more prepared for such an influx than it was in the spring, referring to a tracking program for contacts in place, more personal protective equipment and enough hospital beds available.
Most of the hospitalized patients are 65 years or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 years or older.
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