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HARRISBURG, Pa. - After trending down for most of August, coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania are on the rise again.

Pennsylvania's seen more than 5,400 cases in the last seven days. That's up about 1,200 from the previous seven days' total.

The spike comes as several colleges and universities report outbreaks.

Here in the Lehigh Valley, new cases ticked up in both Northampton and Lehigh counties.

Daily hospitalizations from the virus continue to decrease slightly. 

The state Department of Health reported 891 more cases Friday, as well as 10 more deaths. Since March, nearly 138,000 people in Pennsylvania have tested positive. More than 7,700 have died.

1,576,879 patients 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;

Approximately 4% are ages 13-18;

Nearly 11% are ages 19-24;

Approximately 37% are ages 25-49;

Approximately 22% are ages 50-64; and

Approximately 23% 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 said it 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 August 31:

NC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 26 percent of cases in August;

SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 18 percent of cases in August;

NE – 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 41 percent of cases in August;

SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to 13 percent of cases in August;

SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 19 percent of cases in August; and

NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 11 percent of cases in August.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 21,307 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,564 cases among employees, for a total of 25,871 at 942 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of our total deaths, 5,235 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

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