Public health officials say 4 more cases of COVID-19 were found in Schuylkill County in the last 24 hours.
That brings Schuylkill County’s cumulative total to 985 confirmed cases and 34 probable cases.
Schuylkill County Adds 4 More COVID-19 Cases on Sept. 7
There have been 48 confirmed and probable cases reported over the last 14 days, according to information from the Pennsylvania Health Dept.’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
Meanwhile, 16,386 people in Schuylkill County have tested negative for the virus since the beginning of the pandemic.
There have been 51 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Schuylkill County since March. The last reported death from the China virus happened back on Aug. 5.
Meanwhile, Schuylkill County saw another day of zero hospitalizations. No patients are currently in any local hospitals being treated for COVID-19. This has been the case for the last 2 days.
Pennsylvania Adds 496 Cases, 11 Deaths to COVID Totals
Sadly, 11 more Pennsylvanians have died after contracting COVID-19, according to new information from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health.
In the past 24 hours, health officials claim there were 496 more positive test results.
To date, since the start of the pandemic, 136,345 positive cases have been confirmed. Another 4,014 are probable.
The statewide death toll from COVID-19 is 7,791.
Right now, there are 514 people in hospitals statewide getting treatment for COVID-19 complications. Sixty-three of them are on ventilators. Across Pennsylvania, there are 999 ventilators in use, with most obviously being used by non-COVID patients. Hospitals in the state, collectively, have 4,889 ventilators (20% being used).
However, the amount of testing continues at its highest rate.
Between Sept. 1-7, there have been 147,207 tests completed and just 5,838 have come back positive. More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians have tested negative for the China virus.
Regarding how positive case totals, the Health Dept. has once again issued new definitions for what constitutes a positive. Here’s what the Health Dept. included in its statement today:
Beginning August 29, the department began publishing COVID-19 case counts using the updated standardized case definition for COVID-19 from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. This revised case definition updates criteria for case identification and case classification based on the continued evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. It updates probable case classifications and adds suspect case classifications. The definition for confirmed cases using a positive PCR test has not changed. Viral antigen tests, which identify people who are likely currently infected, will now be considered a probable case, even if the individual has no symptoms or exposure history. Persons with a positive antibody (serology) test, moving forward, will no longer be considered a probable case. However, cases previously counted as probable cases, using the prior national case definition, will remain counted as probable cases.
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