McKean County’s COVID-19 case count has gone up again, this time to 17 positive cases.
Ten of those cases are positive tests results, while seven are probable. A total of 1,497 people have tested negative.
The numbers are not great enough to trigger a warning with the state health department, said spokesman Nate Wardle on Tuesday.
“However, we need people to continue to take steps to protect themselves, because this virus still exists,” he said. “We need people to wear masks, to practice social distancing, to wash their hands frequently, and to stay home if they are sick.”
As of Tuesday’s report, Potter County stands at 15 positive cases, Elk County at 15 and Cameron County at 3, according to the state health department. There were 618 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 86,606.
There have been 6,649 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 35 new deaths.
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine has cautioned that the virus has not gone away, and mitigation efforts are important.
“Each of us has a responsibility to continue to protect ourselves, our loved ones and others by wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and washing our hands frequently,” she said. “Together we can protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our essential workers and our healthcare system.”
Mask wearing is required in all businesses in all phases of reopening. Consistent mask wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
As of Tuesday, there were 633 patients who have had a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 677,581 patients who have tested negative to date.
Despite the common belief that the virus impacts only the elderly, the majority of those who have tested positive — nearly 37% — are in the 25 to 49 age range; 24% are ages 50-64; and 27% are ages 65 or older.