With COVID-19 numbers on the rise, many States are increasing restrictions. Here in Pennsylvania, Health Secretary Doctor Rachel Levine gave grim Coronavirus stats on Monday with record highs in cases and saying that hospitalization numbers are up more than 650 in a week. Levine says current mitigation efforts like capacity limits and mask wearing can work if people follow them. She says the problem is that not enough are and very few are telling the State where they’ve been if they come down with the Virus. Over the weekend, Governor Tom Wolf joined other Democratic Governors in the region for an “Emergency Summit” organized by New York’s Andrew Cuomo. Levine said the multi-state discussions are ongoing, though on Monday New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced crowd restrictions to 10 people at indoor gatherings and 150 for outdoor ones. Levine also says she does hope people forego their typical holiday plans to help fight the Virus from spreading.
The Department of Health has confirmed a record total of 4,476 Coronavirus cases in the State on Monday. 360 new cases were reported in our viewing area. Blair County reported 83 new cases, Cambria County reported 81 new cases, Centre County reported 56 new cases Somerset County reported 34. Clearfield reported 33 new cases, Elk County reported 25, Bedford County reported 24, Jefferson County reported 19 and Huntingdon County reported 5.
They say there were 13 more Coronavirus-related deaths in the State, none of which were in our viewing area.