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Lycoming County two new COVID-19 cases

HARRISBURG -The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 11, that there are 577 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 95,266. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

Lycoming County has had 242 positive cases to date (225 confirmed and 17 probable), Clinton 97 (85 probable and 12 confirmed) cases, Sullivan ten cases (five confirmed and five probable) and Tioga 29 cases (23 confirmed and six probable).

According to the state, positive antibody tests are include in the probable cases, and make up about 1/4 of all probable cases. Positive antibody cases also make up .71% of all cases.Probable cases are not confirmed cases.

The state DOH said in an email last week, that a person being retested does not count as a new case, “If someone tests positive, and then has later positive tests, they are only counted as that one positive case.”

Negative case data only includes negative PCR tests. Negative case data does not include negative antibody tests.

There are 829,018 patients who have tested negative to date statewide. Lycoming County has had 5,469 test negative to date.

There are 6,904 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 7 new deaths reported.

“As the entire state is now in the green phase, we must remain committed to protecting against COVID-19 by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. “ Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvania has been a model for the country on how to reopen effectively using a careful, measured approach. However, the virus has not gone away and we are seeing cases rise, especially in Southwest Pennsylvania.”

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

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+. 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.

The department of health reports the statewide recovery rate today as 77 percent. Individuals who have recovered is determined using a calculation, similar to what is being done by several other states. If a case has not been reported as a death, and it is more than 30 days past the date of their first positive test (or onset of symptoms) then an individual is considered recovered.

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