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Wednesday update: 73,405 virus cases; 5,742 deaths

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of midnight Tuesday that there are 511 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 73,405.

There are 5,742 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 75 new deaths.

Carbon has 239 cases and deaths remain at 24.

Lehigh County has added 22 cases, for a total of 3,802. Four deaths were reported for a total of 239.

Luzerne has added 16 cases, bringing the total to 2,766, with two new deaths for a total of 155.

Monroe County has one new case for a total of 1,326. One more death brings the total to 220.

Northampton has 12 new cases for a total of 3,120. Seven new deaths have been reported for a total of 220.

In Schuylkill, three new cases bring the total to 646, with two new deaths for a total of 36.

There are 617 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 408,269 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;

Nearly 1% are ages 5-12;

Nearly 2% are ages 13-18;

6% are ages 19-24;

Nearly 37% are ages 25-49;

25% are ages 50-64; and

28% 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. More data is available here.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 15,752 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,719 cases among employees, for a total of 18,471 at 611 distinct facilities in 44 counties. Out of our total deaths, 3,621 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 5,557 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.