This is the 19th day in a row the case numbers have topped 1,000. The 2,219 cases reported Friday marked the highest ever reported in a single day in Pennsylvania; No. 2 was 1,989 back on April 9.
An increase in testing is contributing to the streak. The number of tests administered in the last seven days, through Oct. 23, is 232,253, with 5% of them (11,679) positive.
Of those who’ve tested positive: about 14% are ages 19-24; 36% are ages 25-49; 21% are ages 50-64; and 21% are ages 65 or older.
There have been 8,654 deaths in Pa. attributed to COVID-19 since the pandemic started, including 29 reported today. Most of those who’ve died were over age 65.
As of Saturday, 1,087 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus statewide, the department said. That number has more than doubled in a month. Most of those hospitalized are over age 65.
There are 2,395 cases with a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases, and 647 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.
More than 2.2 million people have tested negative in the state. Also, 78% of people who’ve been diagnosed have recovered, meaning they’re at least 30 days after the onset of symptoms or a positive test.