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PA confirms 4,843 cases of COVID-19, most sufferers under age 50

There are 4,843 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania as of March 31, according to the state Department of Health, with 756 new cases since March 30.

Of the patients who have tested positive, the largest percentage, at 41%, are in the 25 to 49 year old age bracket, followed by those aged 50-64, with 29% of positive cases. Less than one 1% of positive cases are in the 0 to 12 age range.

The department also reported 14 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 63. All confirmed cases are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

“The continued rise in cases combined with our increasing deaths from COVID-19 reflects the seriousness of this situation,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. “We need everyone to listen to the orders in place and to stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We know that these prolonged mitigation effects have been difficult for everyone, but it is essential that everyone follows these orders and does not go out unless they absolutely must.”

Most of the patients hospitalized with coronavirus are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date. More data is available here.

Dawn Ouellette Nixon

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