Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: 12,884 record new cases, 411,484 total as of Dec. 5, 2020

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Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., December 5, that there were 12,884 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 411,484. This is the highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases.

There are 5,230 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 1,065 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. More data is available here.

The trend in the 14-day moving average of number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 3,800 since the end of September.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of November 27 – December 3 stood at 14.4%.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between November 27 and December 3 is 405,631 with 59,817 positive cases. There were 70,469 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., December 4.

As of 11:59 p.m. Friday, December 4, there were 149 new deaths reported for a total of 11,262 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

MIDSTATE COVID-19 POSITIVITY RATES

MOST RECENT 7 DAYS

November 27 – December 3

CountyPositivity Rate
Mifflin29.7%
Juniata24.0%
Franklin21.2%
Perry19.0%
Dauphin16.8%
Cumberland16.2%
Lebanon16.1%
York14.8%
Adams13.8%
Lancaster13.7%
Statewide average: 14.4% | Source: Pennsylvania Department of Health

2020 PENNSYLVANIA COVID-19 DEATHS BY DAY

March 18 – December 5, 2020

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 22,150 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 642 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure. 

There are 2,911,640 individuals who have tested negative to date. Of those who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

  • Approximately 1% are ages 0-4;
  • Nearly 3% are ages 5-12;
  • Approximately 5% are ages 13-18;
  • Approximately 12% are ages 19-24; 
  • Nearly 37% are ages 25-49; 
  • Nearly 22% are ages 50-64; and
  • Nearly 20% are ages 65 or older.

The department has seen 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. Increases among 19 to 24-year-olds from April through the end of November are available below:

  • SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 11 percent of cases in November;
  • NE – 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 13 percent of cases in November;
  • NC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 14 percent of cases in November;
  • SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 10 percent of cases in November; 
  • NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 10 percent of cases in November; and
  • SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 8 percent of cases in November.  

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 38,852 resident cases of COVID-19, and 7,135 cases among employees, for a total of 45,987 at 1,327 distinct facilities in65 counties. Out of our total deaths, 6,931 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 15,455 of our total cases are among health care workers.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has – since noon, Dec. 4:

The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
  • If you must go out, you are required to wear a mask when in a business or where it is difficult to maintain proper social distancing.
  • Download the COVID Alert PA app and make your phone part of the fight. The free app can be found in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store by searching for “covid alert pa”.

Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics

All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.

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