The numbers announced Saturday by the state health department are only surpassed by 1,989 cases reported on April 9 and bring the state total to nearly 181,000. Nine new deaths have been reported, bringing the total number of deaths associated with the virus to 8,466.
On Wednesday, the state health secretary declared Pennsylvania “at the beginning of the autumn resurgence” of COVID-19, but said there were no plans to re-impose a residency order or close operations again in response.
Dr Rachel Levine said Pennsylvania is better prepared for such an influx than it was in the spring, citing a contact-tracing program in place, more supplies of personal protective equipment, and enough hospital beds available.
Most hospitalized patients are 65 years of age or older, and most deaths have occurred in patients 65 years of age or older.
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