Centre County Adds 36 COVID-19 Cases, 1 New Death
October 16, 2020 2:02 PM
by Geoff Rushton
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Centre County added 36 new COVID-19 cases and another death attributed to the virus, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

DOH has reported a total of 15 COVID-19 deaths among Centre County residents, while the coroner's office has confirmed 11, ranging in age from 74 to 101. The health department reports deaths by county of residence, regardless of where they occur, while the coroner's office reports deaths that occur within the county.

The new positives on Friday bring Centre County's total to 3,650. 

Centre County also had 279 new negative test results. A total of 33,027 patients in the county have tested negative for the virus.

Eleven COVID-19 patients ranging in age between 52 and 92 are currently hospitalized at Mount Nittany Medical Center, the hospital reported on Friday. Six are from area nursing homes. Mount Nittany continues to operate under the surge capacity plan activated on Oct. 9, including the rescheduling of non-essential/elective procedures and surgeries that require an overnight admission at the Medical Center.

“We’ve reached a critical point in COVID activity in our community, and we understand and share in your concern regarding the rising numbers of positive test results we seen in recent weeks, " Dr. Nirmal Joshi, Mount Nittany Health chief medical officer, said in a statement. "Community members can be assured that at Mount Nittany Health, we continue to carefully observe activity both in the community and within the Medical Center."

"At this time we cannot stress enough how critical it is for community members to follow safety measures to mitigate spread of the virus. In the absence of an effective COVID-19 vaccine, we must continue to practice social distancing, masking, and hand washing protocols, and stay home if not feeling well. We can help to keep ourselves and one another safe, but we must work together.”

Five new positives were reported among residents and one among employees of Centre County nursing and personal care homes, which have had a combined total of 65 resident cases and 37 employee cases across 11 facilities.

For the first time in six weeks, Centre County did not have the highest COVID-19 incidence rate in the state over the past seven days, according to the health department's early-warning monitoring dashboard, which was updated on Friday. For the week of Oct. 9-15, the county's incidence rate was 188.0 per 100,000 people, third highest in Pennsylvania and down from 264.1 the previous week.

The county's positivity rate for the last week was 5.6%, according to the DOH dashboard, down from 7.8% and 14th in the state.

Statewide, the health department reported 1,566 new positives, increasing Pennsylvania's total to 179,086. Friday's numbers include increases of 141 in Allegheny County, 136 in Philadelphia and 108 in Westmoreland County. 

There were 13,847 new negative test results statewide on Friday. A total of 2,103,044 patients in Pennsylvania have tested negative for the virus.

An estimated 80% of COVID-19 patients in the state have recovered, according to a DOH calculation. 

Across Pennsylvania, 830 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, with 80 requiring use of a ventilator.

The health department reported 25 new COVID-19 deaths statewide, bringing the Pennsylvania's total at 8,457.

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

Among Pennsylvania's total cases, 172,169 are confirmed and 6,917 are probable. In Centre County, 3,562 are confirmed and 88 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 to zip codes.

16801 (State College): 2233 confirmed [+19], 36 probable [-1] 

16802 (University Park): 564 confirmed [+2], 1-4 probable

16803 (State College): 247 confirmed [+3], 13 probable

16823 (Bellefonte): 136 confirmed [+4], 12 probable [+1]

16870 (Port Matilda): 35 confirmed [+2], 1-4 probable

16866 (Philipsburg): 31 confirmed, 1-4 probable

16827 (Boalsburg): 30 confirmed

16875 (Spring Mills): 29 confirmed

16828 (Centre Hall): 26 confirmed [+2], 1-4 probable

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

16853 (Milesburg): 28 confirmed

16851 (Lemont) 11 confirmed

16820 (Aaronsburg) 9 confirmed, 1-4 probable

16845 (Karthaus) 9 confirmed

16877 (Warrior's Mark) 9 confirmed

16844 (Julian) 8 confirmed

16854 (Millheim) 8 confirmed, 1-4 probable

16872 (Rebersburg) 6 confirmed [+1], 1-4 probable

16865 (Pennsylvania Furnace) 6 confirmed, 1-4 probable

16804 (State College) 5 confirmed [increase of at least 1]

16868 (Pine Grove Mills) 5 confirmed, 1-4 probable

16677 (Sandy Ridge), 16826 (Blanchard), 16829 (Clarence), 16832 (Coburn), 16835 (Fleming), 16852 (Madisonburg), 16856 (Mingoville), 16874 (Snow Shoe) and 16882 (Woodward) each have 1-4 confirmed or probable cases.

Among Centre County's bordering counties, Blair now has 980 [+30] total cases, Union has 634 [-3], Huntingdon has 640 [+17], Clearfield has 385 [+5], Mifflin has 301 [+9] and Clinton has 235 [+2].

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