UPDATE (8/03): 565 new Pa. coronavirus cases, no new COVID-19 deaths reported
Pennsylvania added 654 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday bringing the statewide total to 113,590.
With the addition of five new deaths, the coronavirus’s death toll stands at 7,209 Pennsylvanians since the virus was first detected in early March, according to the state Department of Health’s daily update.
The rate of growth in new cases in the state has slowed over the last week after a sharp climb for much of July, according to the state’s early warning dashboard that’s updated on Fridays.
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Over this weekend, the Lehigh Valley broke its five day streak of no new deaths when one was reported in Lehigh County on Saturday.
Somehow it is now August. Virtual Musikfest kicked off Friday in Bethlehem and things look a lot different than in prior years. The region saw a tornado warning Sunday morning. Masks are still required in public spaces in Pennsylvania.
Here are your coronavirus updates for Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020.
Coronavirus in Pa.
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The state reported 1,542 new cases of the virus on Saturday and Sunday.
Once again, Allegheny County and Philadelphia had the most new cases with 148 and 242 respectively over the last two days.
The Philadelphia suburbs also large numbers of new cases. Bucks County reported 93 over the last 48 hours. Delaware County saw 135, Montgomery another 74 and Chester reported 54.
Lancaster County reported 129 cases Saturday and Sunday, according to the state.
The health department estimates that 75% of infected Pennsylvanians have so far recovered.
The statewide case rate has been rising since June but has slowed its ascent in recent days. There is usually a reporting lag for new cases on weekends.
Time will only tell if this decline in new cases means Gov. Tom Wolf’s rollback of dining and bar operations has helped staunch the tide of new infections.
Coronavirus in the Lehigh Valley
The Lehigh Valley broke its streak of no new coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday when Lehigh County reported one death.
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Lehigh and Northampton counties went five days without reporting a new deaths, the longest period of time since a Northampton County man became the state’s first COVID-19 death on March 18, according to state data.
It is not clear when the death actually occurred.
Seventy-two new cases were reported Saturday and Sunday, bringing the Lehigh Valley to 8,709 total with 625 deaths. That breaks down to:
4,849 cases and 335 deaths in Lehigh County, an increase of 39 new cases.3,860 cases and 290 deaths in Northampton County an increase of 33 new cases.
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Both counties have seen increases in new confirmed cases and state-calculated positivity rates in the last week.
Lehigh had 106 new cases last week and 176 this week, with the state-calculated positivity rate jumping from 3% to 4%, according to state data released Friday. Northampton, where a new testing center was recently set up, went from 88 new confirmed cases the previous week to 123 this week, and the positivity rate went from 2.8% to 3.4%.
The state measures positivity based on total tests performed, including duplicate tests. When calculating positivity rates, lehighvalleylive.com removes duplicate tests, the same way as Johns Hopkins University.
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