The 61 new COVID-19 cases in the Valley on Tuesday represent the largest one-day increase in cases in the country since the Department of Health began monitoring cases in March. There were 32 new cases in Northumberland County – 31 of them in long-term care facilities – which were part of 828 new cases across the country.
Across the Valley, there were no new deaths announced Tuesday by state health officials. There were 35 confirmed deaths nationwide, pushing the total to 7,352, including 4,983 linked to long-term care institutions.
Locally, there were 32 new cases in Northumberland County, 24 in Union County, three in Snyder County and two in Montour County. According to state records, there were 982 cases in the four counties of the Valley: 507 in Northumberland County, 262 in Union, 109 in Snyder County and 104 in Montour.
Milton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center reported 57 positive cases with five pending tests. ManorCare-Sunbury is reporting two positive cases among residents and two more among employees. The center says 44 residents have recovered.
Across the country, there have now been 120,228 cases since the state began tracking data in March. Of this total, 77 percent of State Department estimates have already been received.
Following a July stroke, the percentage of virus tests that return positive over seven days has dropped from 6 percent at the end of July to just over 5 percent now, according to the COVID Tracking Project. It reached a low of 3.3 percent in June.
The state saw a seven-day average of about 750 new cases per day, up from almost 975 per day during the seven days to the end of July.
The death toll has remained stable, at around 17 a day over the past week. This follows a four-month downward trend that sank to a weekly average of around 12 in late July and early August, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
The death toll in Pennsylvania is the eighth highest in the country overall and the 14th highest per capita at about 57 deaths per 100,000 people, according to researchers by Johns Hopkins.
An increase in cases in the Valley has been driven mainly by blasts at the American Prison (USP) in Lewisburg and long-term care facilities in Northumberland County. According to data from the state long-term care institution, there were 31 new cases in long-term care institutions in Northumberland County, all in residents. The total number of county cases and cases in long-term care institutions and prisons may change in the following days. State health officials have repeatedly said it takes several days to reconcile all the data it receives.
At Northumberland County Long-Term Care Facilities, 130 residents and 22 workers were infected in five institutions. Three workers and two residents at four County Union facilities were infected and one worker and no residents were infected at a Montour County facility. In Snyder County, four residents and two workers were infected in a facility.
No deaths were reported from nursing homes in Snyder, Union or Montour counties. The nine Valley deaths associated with long-term care facilities have been in Northumberland County.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) reports 19 “active” cases at USP Lewisburg, 18 among inmates and one staff. According to BOP data, there were a total of 54 infections in the prison, with 34 inmates and a worker recovering. In nearby Allenwood, an inmate and 2 employees have active cases.
The BOP reports that Lewisburg has tested 306 inmates with two tests unsolved and 51 positive. At Allenwood, there were 295 tests, 3 positives and an outstanding test.
Twenty Valley residents have died from the virus: 13 in Northumberland County, three in Montour and two in Snyder and Union counties.
In Pennsylvania, 598 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, two more than on Monday. There are 98 people being treated for the disease on fans in Pennsylvania, a 10 percent drop from Monday.
In Pennsylvania and personal care homes, there are 20,086 COVID-19 resident cases, and 4,166 employee-to-employee cases, for a total of 24,2252 to 883 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Approximately 8,693 of the state’s total cases are among health care workers.