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55 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Centre County

by on September 10, 2020 12:10 PM

Centre County added 55 more COVID-19 cases on Thursday to bring its total to 925 since the first was reported on March 20, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  Among new cases, 46 were in the State College and University Park zip codes.

The county also had 159 new negative test results. A total of 18,921 patients in Centre County have tested negative for the virus.

According to DOH data, Centre County has one COVID-19 hospitalization.

Thursday's increase is the second highest to date for the county, following 184 reported on Wednesday. Both come on the heels of Penn State reporting on Tuesday of 205 new cases — additional positives from tests that were previously still pending for the week of Aug. 28-Sept. 3 as well as positive results from Sept. 4-6. Another 797 tests were still awaiting results from that period.

Between Aug. 28-Sept. 6, 379 students attending the University Park campus have tested positive through both symptomatic testing and random screening.

Thursday also continued an up-and-down pattern of total test results being reported on a given day. On Wednesday, 2,060 total test results were reported compared to 214 on Thursday.

"The department reports data from what has been reported to us through the end of the previous day," DOH spokesman Nate Wardle said on Wednesday. "Another entity may announce new cases on a different timeframe, which can lead to some lags between what they report, and what the department reports... We know coming off of weekends and especially holiday weekends, there can be a lag in the time the cases are reported to the Department of Health."

In the past two weeks, Centre County has added 492 new COVID-19 cases, 347 in the past week. The vast majority have been in the State College and University Park zip codes and appear tied to Penn State student testing. 

Wardle did not specify Penn State but said there is "at least one large outbreak occurring in the county, and it does appear that most of the cases are coming from that."

As of Sept. 4, Centre was one of only two counties in Pennsylvania to be in the state's substantial level of community transmission, with a 5.0% positivity rate and 105 cases per 100,000 residents over the previous seven days, according to the state's early warning monitoring dashboard.The dashboard will be updated again on Friday.

Statewide, the health department reported 587 new positives, increasing Pennsylvania's total to 141,877.

There were 13,709 new negative test results statewide. A total of 1,639,349 patients in Pennsylvania have tested negative for the virus.

An estimated 82% of COVID-19 patients in the state — about 116,339 — have recovered, according to a DOH calculation.

Across Pennsylvania, 488 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, with 60 requiring use of a ventilator.

The health department reported 15 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state's total at 7,820. 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 11% are ages 19-24; 
  • Nearly 37% are ages 25-49; 
  • Approximately 22% are ages 50-64; and
  • Nearly 23% are ages 65 or older.

Among Pennsylvania's total cases, 137,803 are confirmed and 4,074 are probable. In Centre County, 877 are confirmed and 48 are probable. All 55 cases reported on Thursday are confirmed.

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): 421 confirmed [+35], 19 probable

16802 (University Park): 107 confirmed [+10]

16823 (Bellefonte): 76 confirmed [+2], 6 probable

16803 (State College): 73 confirmed [+1], 6 probable

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

16875 (Spring Mills): 23 confirmed

16841 (Howard): 23 confirmed, 1-4 probable

16870 (Port Matilda): 21 confirmed, 1-4 probable

16827 (Boalsburg): 18 confirmed

16828 (Centre Hall): 14 confirmed [+1], 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 506 [+2] total cases, Union has 416 [+5], Huntingdon has 389 [+2], Clearfield has 265, Mifflin has 177 [+1] and Clinton has 165 [+3].

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