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COVID-19 in Pa.: More than 10K people have died of COVID-19, Pa. Health Dept. says

By: - November 25, 2020 1:15 pm

Pennsylvania’s fall surge of COVID-19 cases continued Wednesday, with state health officials confirming 6,759 new cases and 144 new fatalities.

That brings the total number of cases since the pandemic began in March to 327,829 in all 67 counties. To date, 10,095 have died of the disease, officials said.

Through midday Wednesday, 3,897 people statewide were hospitalized with COVID-19, the Health Department said. of that number, 826 people were in hospital intensive care units. Officials warned earlier this week, that Pennsylvania hospitals were approaching maximum capacity for the ICU wards.

“The trend in the 14-day moving average of number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 2,300 since the end of September,” the Health Department said in a statement. “Statewide percent positivity for the week of Nov. 13 through Nov. 19 stood at 11.1 percent.”

The Health Department reported 405,184 tests between Nov. 18 and Nov. 24, with 45,557 positive cases.

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John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.