Erie County reports 154 new cases of COVID-19; state reports 5,676 new cases

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Taking a look at today’s COVID-19 numbers, the Erie County Department of Health is reporting 154 new positive cases today.

The total number of cumulative cases since March is 5,620, with 2,463 recovered cases, 3,079 active cases and 78 deaths (reported in NEDSS).

Elsewhere in the region, Crawford County is reporting 87 new cases, bringing the total there to 2,007. Warren County is reporting 37 new cases. They now have had 303 total cases since March.

Ashtabula County continues to report 2,573 cases, and Chautauqua County continues to report 1,740 cases.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported as of 12 a.m. December 1 that there were 5,676 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 367,140.

The department also reported 180 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 10,563 deaths.

There are 4,631 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 970 people are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

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.

The trend in the 14-day moving average of number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 3,200 since the end of September.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of November 20 – November 26 stood at 11.7%.

To date, 2,836,445 people have tested negative in Pennsylvania.

Erie County Department of Health Director Melissa Lyon issued this statement:

“As was expected, the daily case count has overwhelmed the system, and we can no longer accurately report the daily active cases and recovered cases. When the daily case counts were between 20 and 40, the disease investigators and contact tracers were able to communicate with every COVID-19-confirmed individual and determine when he or she was released from isolation and had recovered from the illness. With daily case counts far exceeding 100 per day, the staff is now unable to contact every COVID-19-positive person.

Because of this, the most recent reports of active and recovered cases have been estimations generated within the Erie County Department of Health. Today, we are reporting the active and recovered cases using the state estimations. As was anticipated, the number of “active” cases is significantly greater than yesterday’s reports because Pennsylvania Department of Health’s estimation criteria leave them in positive status longer than the Erie County Department of Health estimation criteria does.

At this time, the numbers that will be reported weekly will be estimations of active and recovered cases using the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s methodology. We continue to review daily data and provide the most accurate reporting possible based upon the local public health capacity to do so.”

Melissa Lyon, director, Erie County Department of Health

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