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Centre County Adds 162 COVID-19 Cases

by on September 26, 2020 12:10 PM

Centre County reported 162 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday to bring its total to 2,393 since the first was reported in March, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The county also had 437 new negative test results. A total of 25,017 patients in the county have tested negative for the virus.

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

Four new positives was reported among residents of Centre County nursing and personal care homes, which have had a total of 42 resident cases and 24 employee cases across nine facilities.

In the past two weeks, the health department has reported 1,224 new cases in Centre County, the vast majority in the State College and University Park zip code and most corresponding to Penn State student testing.

According the Department of Health's COVID-19 early warning monitoring dashboard, which was updated on Friday, Centre County once again had the highest incidence rate in the state for the past seven days at 350.1 per 100,000 people, up from 322.5 the prior week. The next closest county is Northumberland at 120.8. 

It's the third consecutive week Centre County has had the highest incidence rate in the state. The county also once again had the highest positivity rate in Pennsylvania at 12%, down slightly from 12.1% the previous week.

On Friday, DOH opened a free COVID-19 testing clinic at the Nittany Mall, while Rite Aid opened a free drive-through testing site at its 1536 N. Atherton St. store. Health department representatives also are working with county and municipal officials to develop recommendations for localized mitigation measures in Centre County.

Statewide, the health department reported 1,029 new cases on Saturday, increasing Pennsylvania's total to 155,232.

There were 13,895 new negative test results across the state. A total of 1,830,292 patients in Pennsylvania have tested negative for the virus.

An estimated 82% of COVID-19 patients in the state — about 127,290 — have recovered, according to a DOH calculation.

Across Pennsylvania, 444 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, with 60 requiring use of a ventilator.

The health department reported 22 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state's total at 8,103. 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;
  • Nearly 5% are ages 13-18;
  • Approximately 13% are ages 19-24; 
  • Approximately 36% are ages 25-49; 
  • Nearly 22% are ages 50-64; and
  • Nearly 22% are ages 65 or older.

Among Pennsylvania's total cases, 150,393 are confirmed and 4,839 are probable. In Centre County, 2,327 are confirmed and 66 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. Increases are in brackets. Cases are not always immediately assigned zip codes.

16801 (State College): 1,496 confirmed [+111], 27 probable

16802 (University Park): 336 confirmed [+26], 1-4 probable

16803 (State College): 149 confirmed [+8], 9 probable

16823 (Bellefonte): 91 confirmed [+3], 10 probable

16866 (Philipsburg): 28 confirmed, 1-4 probable

16827 (Boalsburg): 27 confirmed

16870 (Port Matilda): 27 confirmed, 1-4 probable

16841 (Howard): 26 confirmed, 1-4 probable

16875 (Spring Mills): 25 confirmed

16828 (Centre Hall): 15 confirmed, 1-4 probable

16853 (Milesburg): 12 confirmed [+4]

16851 (Lemont) 10 confirmed [+1]

16854 (Millheim) 6 confirmed, 1-4 probable

16844 (Julian) 6 confirmed

16877 (Warrior's Mark) 5 confirmed

16865 (Pennsylvania Furnace) 5 confirmed

16845 (Karthaus) 5 confirmed

16820 (Aaronsburg) 5 confirmed

16677 (Sandy Ridge), 16804 (State College), 16826 (Blanchard), 16829 (Clarence), 16832 (Coburn), 16835 (Fleming), 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 667 [+19] total cases, Union has 472 [+8], Huntingdon has 402 [+1], Clearfield has 319 [+2], Mifflin has 222 [+1] and Clinton has 205 [+1].

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