HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's coronavirus case count continues to rise.
The state reported 547 new cases Monday.
Sunday, that figure was just under 700, and more than 960 the day before that. But we have seen lower figures on Mondays throughout the pandemic, and that's been especially true on holidays.
There were also 20 more deaths reported Monday. Almost 8,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Pennsylvania.
1,608,378 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
Nearly 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 nearly 17 percent of cases in August;
NE – 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 20 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 nearly 14 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 21,430 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,613 cases among employees, for a total of 26,043 at 947 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of the state's total deaths, 5,240 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.
Approximately 9,901 of the state's total cases are among health care workers.