Pa. coronavirus update: 1,000 new cases push state beyond 102K; COVID-19 death toll rises by 20; ‘No end in s –

Coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania increased by 1,000 on Tuesday, the second-largest daily increase in two months.
That pushes the total number of infections confirmed since March to 102,765, according to the daily update from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Twenty more deaths also were reported, putting the statewide COVID-19death toll at 7,038.
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Locally, the rate of new cases in the Lehigh Valley remains low and fairly steady, with 29 new cases and three deaths reported in the last day. Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci reportedly told a group of Philadelphia doctors this week that there is no end in sight to the pandemic.
Here are your Pennsylvania coronavirus updates for July 21, 2020.
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Pa. coronavirus outbreak
Pennsylvania had gone two months with fewer than 1,000 new cases a day. It has now reached that number three times in July, twice in the last week.
The overall rise over the last month has pushed the statewide seven-day case rate back to mid-May levels.
Philadelphia and Pittsburghs Allegheny County once again led the state in new cases on Tuesday with 168 and 139, respectively.
Pennsylvania has averaged 15,497 daily tests and 871 positive cases a day over the last seven days. State health officials have logged an overall increase in testing in recent weeks and seen increasing numbers of cases in younger adults as Pennsylvanias economy has reopened.
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While the health department says cases have risen sharply in adults aged 19 to 24 (and that 75% of patients have recovered to date), it is those 65 and older most likely to be hospitalized or die. Nursing home residents account for about 18% of the Pennsylvanias total cases but 68% of deaths, according to health department data.
State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, in her departments daily news releases, reminded residents to wear masks, practice social distancing and adhere to renewed restrictions in bars and restaurants. Masks are still required in all businesses.
Coronavirus in the Lehigh Valley
With 29 new cases and three deaths reported in the last day, the Lehigh Valley now totals 8,242 cases and 620 deaths, according to the state figures. That breaks down to:

  • 4,585 cases and 333 deaths in Lehigh County, an increase of 21 cases and one death.
  • 3,657 cases and 287 deaths in Northampton County, an increase of eight cases and two deaths.

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Here is how nearby counties stand, and how they changed in the last day:

  • Berks County has 4,865 cases and 361 deaths, an increase of 20 cases and one death.
  • Bucks County has 6,467 cases and 573 deaths, an increase of 80 cases.
  • Carbon County has 330 cases and 28 deaths, an increase of six cases.
  • Monroe County has 1,530 cases and 119 deaths, an increase of 27 cases and two deaths.
  • Montgomery County has 9,222 cases and 837 deaths, an increase of 40 cases.
  • Schuylkill County has 826 cases and 48 deaths, an increase of two cases.

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Fauci: No end in sight
Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the major figures in the national coronavirus response, told doctors in Philadelphia this week there is essentially no end in sight to the global pandemic, according to a report in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Fauci spoke virtually to the American Association for Cancer Research. He noted the U.S., with more than 3.5 million cases and 140,000 deaths, has been hit harder than any country in the world, in part because the virus, while less deadly than similar viruses, can spread more easily and by people without symptoms, the Inquirer reported.
More than three-quarters of identified cases may have a mild to moderate illness, while about 2.5% will die, Fauci said, according to the newspaper. Maintaining physical distance remains the best way to battle the virus, the report says.
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