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State smashes COVID-19 daily total

Level higher than first surge of cases in April

Pennsylvania set a record Friday with 2,219 new coronavirus cases — then surged past that mark Tuesday with 532 more.

The 2,751 new COVID-19 positives in the daily count from the Department of Health is 692 more than the high during the pandemic’s initial surge in April.

And the outbreak hasn’t necessarily leveled: “It is always hard to predict numbers rising higher than a previous high, but there are no signs at this point that new cases will slow down,” wrote state Department of Health spokesman Nate Wardle in an email.

The number of new cases statewide has exceeded 1,000 for 22 days running.

“The increasing numbers, and today’s significant increase, continue to remind us of the challenges we are facing,” Wardle wrote. “We must take steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones by wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, washing our hands frequently, getting a flu shot, downloading the COVID-19 Alert PA app, and if you are sick, staying home.”

Locally, Centre County has been producing positives at the highest rate by far since late August, enough to propel it to a total of 4,097 cases.

That is more than three times Blair County’s total.

But lately, Huntingdon County has been experiencing an outbreak, and on Tuesday, added 58 new cases — one of the rare times of late that any local county’s daily count has exceeded Centre’s.

Huntingdon County now has 932 cases, along with 15 deaths.

Huntingdon County currently has the highest positivity rate among all counties at 12%, up from 9.9% the previous week, according to Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, in a news release.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 814-949-7038.

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