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212 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Centre County

by on September 15, 2020 12:02 PM

Centre County set a single-day high for new COVID-19 cases with 212 reported on Tuesday. Since the first was reported on March 20, the county has had 1,449 cases.

The county also had 857 new negative test results, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. A total of 21,233 patients in Centre County have tested negative for the virus.

Among new cases, 201 are in the State College and University Park zip codes. All new cases on Tuesday are confirmed. 

According to DOH data, Centre County has two COVID-19 hospitalizations.

In the past two weeks, the county has added 958 new cases — about twice as many as it had for the months of March through August combined. 

The health department's most recent COVID-19 early-warning monitoring dashboard update showed Centre County had the highest incidence rate in the state for Sept. 4-10 at 255.5 cases per 100,000 people. The next closest was Columbia County at 82.5. 

According to a New York Times report, State College is fifth in the country for metro areas with the fastest rising number of COVID-19 cases on a population-adjusted basis. 

Statewide on Tuesday, the health department reported 1,151 new positives increasing Pennsylvania's total to 146,214.

There were 10,675 new negative test results statewide. A total of 1,695,284 patients in Pennsylvania have tested negative for the virus.

An estimated 82% of COVID-19 patients in the state — about 119,895 — have recovered, according to a DOH calculation.

Across Pennsylvania, 483 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, with 61 requiring use of a ventilator.

The health department reported six new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state's total at 7,875. DOH has reported 11 total COVID-19 deaths for Centre County, the most recent on Aug. 14. The coroner's office has confirmed only seven, ranging in age from 74 to 96.

Most COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths have been among patients 65 and older, according to DOH.

Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

  • Approximately 1% are ages 0-4;
  • Nearly 2% are ages 5-12;
  • Approximately 4% are ages 13-18;
  • Approximately 12% are ages 19-24; 
  • Approximately 36% are ages 25-49; 
  • Nearly 22% are ages 50-64; and
  • Approximately 22% are ages 65 or older.

Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said on Monday that for the north-central region, which includes Penn State and other universities, positives among ages 19-24 have increased from 7% of cases in April to 69% of cases this month.

“We know that congregation, especially in college and university settings, yields increased case counts. The mitigation efforts in place now are essential to flattening the curve and saving lives,” Levine said in a news release. “Wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and following the requirements set forth in the orders for bars and restaurants, gatherings, and telework will help keep our case counts low. Together, as Pennsylvanians, all of our efforts are designed to support our communities to ensure that cases of COVID-19 remain low.”

Among Pennsylvania's total cases, 141,950 are confirmed and 4,264 are probable. In Centre County, 1,395 are confirmed and 54 are probable.

Centre County's cases by zip code, according to available DOH data:

*Note: Specific numbers for zip codes with 1-4 cases are redacted by the health department. Daily increases are in brackets.

16801 (State College): 818 confirmed [+168], 24 probable

16802 (University Park): 180 confirmed [+25]

16803 (State College): 94 confirmed [+8], 6 probable

16823 (Bellefonte): 80 confirmed [-1], 7 probable

16866 (Philipsburg): 26 confirmed, 1-4 probable

16827 (Boalsburg): 25 confirmed

16875 (Spring Mills): 25 confirmed [+1]

16841 (Howard): 25 confirmed [+1], 1-4 probable

16870 (Port Matilda): 24 confirmed [+1], 1-4 probable

16828 (Centre Hall): 14 confirmed, 1-4 probable

16851 (Lemont) 7 confirmed

16853 (Milesburg): 7 confirmed

16854 (Millheim) 6 confirmed, 1-4 probable

16844 (Julian) 6 confirmed

16877 (Warrior's Mark) 5 confirmed

16865 (Pennsylvania Furnace) 5 confirmed

16820 (Aaronsburg) 5 confirmed

16677 (Sandy Ridge), 16804 (State College), 16826 (Blanchard), 16829 (Clarence), 16832 (Coburn), 16845 (Karthaus), 16852 (Madisonburg), 16856 (Mingoville), 16868 (Pine Grove Mills), 16872 (Rebersburg), 16874 (Snow Shoe) and 16882 (Woodward) each have 1-4 confirmed or probable cases.

Among Centre County's bordering counties, Blair now has 536 [+4] total cases, Union has 439 [+4], Huntingdon has 393 [+1], Clearfield has 288 [+2], Mifflin has 198 [+3] and Clinton has 176 [+6].

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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