Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 deaths spike by 276 due to changes in data collection

by PublicSource Reporters

Pennsylvania announced 276 new COVID-19-related deaths on Sunday, the state’s highest single-day increase to date. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said during a 1 p.m. press conference that the number does not indicate the number of people who died in the past 24 hours, but rather the “culmination of our data-validating effort.” The state’s death toll is now 1,112.

“We want to provide you with accurate information, and that will mean sometimes there will be a single day’s report that shows a big increase like today,” Levine said.

The state announced 1,215 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, a 3.9% increase from Saturday, bringing the total to 32,284. Levine said 2,629 people were hospitalized as of 10 a.m. Sunday, under 10% of the state’s caseload. All of those who have died of the disease in Pennsylvania were adults.

Allegheny County reported 26 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing its total to 1,035, along with two new hospitalizations and three new deaths. The county has now reported 180 past and present hospitalizations and 50 deaths.

On Saturday, county cases spiked by 62, which officials attributed to an increase in test results from communal living sites and the inclusion of probable cases. Sunday’s updated caseload consists of 1,019 confirmed and 16 probable cases. The county plans to include probable cases going forward to “better assess the level of community spread,” according to Saturday’s release.

All of those who died in Allegheny County were between the ages of 56 and 103.

Closed signs and police tape blocking off a park in Ingram (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)

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