13 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 1,009 statewide

By Bill O’Boyle [email protected]

WILKES-BARRE — The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Friday reported 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Luzerne County and two new deaths.

The Luzerne County total cases are now at 2,979, and the death count is at 181.

Neighboring Lackawanna County has 1,753 cases and 209 deaths; Monroe County has 1,462 cases and 111 deaths.

The Department of Health confirmed that there are 1,009 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 93,876. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

The number of new cases in Allegheny County increased by 180 cases overnight. Philadelphia County increased by 182 cases overnight.

About 175 of the total cases reported today did not occur within the past 24 hours, but are the result of an influx of private lab results.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 3 and July 9 is 128,821 with 4,793 positive test results.

There are 6,880 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 32 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 635 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases.

There are 804,764 patients who have tested negative to date.

Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

Nearly 1% are ages 0-4;

1% are ages 5-12;

Nearly 3% are ages 13-18;

Nearly 8% are ages 19-24;

37% are ages 25-49;

Nearly 24% are ages 50-64; and

26% are ages 65 or older.

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

The department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds. An alert was sent to healthcare providers over the weekend about the changing COVID-19 case demographics, as there are more cases in younger age groups than in those 50-64 and 65-plus.

The following regions have seen significant increases among 19 to 24-year-olds in each month from April to present in July:

SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 27 percent of cases so far in July;

SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 16 percent of cases so far in July;

NE – Nearly 6 percent of cases in April to over 16 percent of cases so far in July;

NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to over 13 percent of cases so far in July; and

NC – Nearly 8 percent of cases in April to nearly 11 percent of cases so far in July.

SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 13 percent of cases so far in July.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,164 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,428 cases among employees, for a total of 21,592 at 737 distinct facilities in 55 counties.

Out of our total deaths, 4,699 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 7,032 of our total cases are in health care workers.

For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.

Currently, all 67 counties are in the green phase of reopening.

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.