Pa. shatters another daily record for COVID-19 cases, with 5,531 cases, officials say

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    Pennsylvania hit a new high for COVID-19 infections on Friday, with the state Department of Health confirming 5,531 new cases statewide, and 30 new fatalities.

    That brings the statewide total to 254,387 cases and 9,224 in all 67 counties since the pandemic started in March, the Health Department said in a statement.

    The Health Department said 332,640 tests had been administered statewide between Nov. 6 and Nov. 12, resulting in 28,290 positive cases.There were 54,399 test results reported to the department through 10 pm. on Thursday, a record high in PCR test results reported to the agency.

    Right now, 2,196 individuals are hospitalized statewide with COVID-19. Of that number, 448 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19, the Health Department said.

    Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said that despite rising case counts, there were currently no plans to impose another statewide shutdown.

    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