Health officials: Pa. charts highest one-day total of COVID-19 cases at 4,361 cases

    Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine warns of a 'fall resurgence' of COVID-19 cases during a news conference on Monday, 10/19/20 (screen capture)

    COVID-19 cases continued to rise across Pennsylvania on Tuesday, as the state charted its highest one-day tally of cases since the pandemic began in March.

    On Tuesday, the state Department of Health confirmed 4,361 new cases of the virus, bringing the statewide total to 238,657 cases in all 67 counties since the start of the pandemic.

    The Health Department confirmed 62 new deaths, for a total of 9,086 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.

    In a statement, the agency said it had seen significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds.

    As of Tuesday, there were 1,827 people hospitalized with COVID-19, the Health Department said. Of that number, 393 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, the agency said, adding that most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

    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