COVID-19 in Pa.: Pennsylvania charts highest one-day total at 11,406 cases of COVID-19

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    Amid an already record-shattering fall surge, Pennsylvania charted its highest, one-day total of new COVID-19 cases to date on Thursday, with 11,406 additional cases, the state Health Department said in a statement. The agency reported 187 new fatalities.

    That brings the statewide total of cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 386,837, and the total number of fatalities to 10,944 deaths attributable to COVID-19, the Health Department said.

    Statewide, 4,982 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that, 1,048 people are in hospital intensive care units, with the majority aged 65 and older, the Health Department said. The trend in the 14-day moving average of number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 3,500 since the end of September, the Health Department said. The statewide positivity rate for the week of Nov. 20 to Nov. 26 still stands at 11.7 percent, state data showed.

    Earlier in the day on Thursday, officials at the state Department of General Services, which manages the Pennsylvania state Capitol complex and its grounds, said they were shuttering it to public access until further notice, citing rising COVID-19 caseloads.

    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