COVID-19 in Pa.: Health Dept. announces 6,669 new cases; 81 new deaths

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    A day after the Wolf administration imposed a “stay at home advisory” for the entire state, COVID-19 cases continued unabated across Pennsylvania.

    State health officials confirmed 6,669 new cases as of midday on Tuesday, with 81 new deaths. That brings the total number of cases statewide since the start of the pandemic to 321,070 in all 67 counties. Through Tuesday, a total of 9,951 have died of the disease, according to state data.

    Through midday Tuesday, 3,459 people were hospitalized statewide, the Health Department said in a statement. Of that number, 767 people are in intensive care units.

    ”The trend in the 14-day moving average of number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 2,200 since the end of September,” the Health Department said.

    The state said 405,883 tests had been administered statewide between Nov. 17 and Nov. 23, resulting in 49,539 positive cases.

    John L. Micek
    A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press