Pennsylvania is seeing a higher number of coronavirus cases than it has in recent weeks, but officials from local hospitals say there are fewer deaths and shorter stays.
"We are doing just fine. When we talk about an increase in caseload, we're talking about minor increases and it's a small fraction of where we were six or seven weeks ago when we were running at our peak," said Dr. Jeffrey Jahre, an Infectious Disease Specialist for St. Luke's Health Network.
It turns out there may be reasonable explanations for it and why the cases are usually less severe.
"The first reason is that we are doing much more testing than we did before," said Dr. Jahre.
They've also improved monitoring and treatment protocols. Same goes for nursing homes, where cracking down on visitation has made an impact. In other areas of the country, it's the younger generations getting the virus and health experts are watching closely.
"In the Sun Belt states, and particularly in recreation areas, there's been a marked increase in younger individuals from the age of 18 to 25 with this disease," said Dr. Jahre. "We have not seen a major spike in those individuals here yet."
Unless masking and keeping a distance of six feet from others is second nature to people in this age range, Dr. Jahre says it's possible that'll be reflected here. There's one thing he wants to make very clear.
"The major message that we get across to people is that even though our caseload is less in our area, this is not something to take for granted. It hasn't disappeared and indeed in some areas of the country it's at its height," he said.