As the region and nation focused on the presidential election’s resolution, the COVID-19 pandemic raged — locally, statewide and nationally — at levels not seen previously.
On Friday, Mercer County reported a record 48 new cases, according to the state Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard. Until two weeks ago, the county’s highest single-day number of cases was 22. Mercer County has exceeded that figure 10 times in the last 14 days.
Since the county’s first recorded case on March 22, there have been 1,387 infections, with 1,164 confirmed and 223 probables. Mercer County’s death toll remains at 28, with one fatality each day on Oct. 17 and 18.
Even though the county had 48 more new cases during the seven-day span from Oct. 30 to Nov. 5 than it had from Oct. 23 to 29, it remained under the state’s moderate community spread designation. All of the surrounding Pennsylvania counties — Crawford, Lawrence and Venango — remained in the substantial community spread category.
Statewide, 36 counties are designated moderate, 26 as substantial and five — Cameron, Forest, Sullivan, Warren and Wayne — counties are in the low category.
Pennsylvania also repeatedly set records for new single-day case counts repeatedly over the past week, topping out Friday with 3,898, according to the dashboard. Prior to the current wave, the state’s single-day record was 2,059 on April 8. The state has had more than 2,000 new cases 10 out of the last 14 days.
While Pennsylvania is in its highest wave of cases to this point in the pandemic, there has not been a corresponding peak in fatalities. The state had one death Friday, and fatal cases peaked at 26 on Monday. Pennsylvania’s single-day high for deaths was 184 on April 24.
U.S. cases hit high marks
The U.S. set another record for daily number of coronavirus cases.
The country reported more than 126,000 positive cases and more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, according to the most recent data from Johns Hopkins University.
It marked the fourth day in a row that new cases topped more than 100,000 as the country has broken its own record for daily cases with nearly every passing day this week.
The seven-day rolling average for daily new cases in the U.S. rose over the past two weeks from more than 64,000 on Oct. 24 to nearly 104,000 on Nov. 7, according to the university’s data.
The virus death toll is also rising in the country.
The seven-day rolling average for daily new deaths rose over the past two weeks from 801 on Oct. 24 to 930 on Nov. 7, the university said.
There have been more than 9.8 million cases and more than 237,000 deaths from the virus in the U.S. since the pandemic started.
Globally, there have been nearly 50 million positive cases and more than 1.2 million deaths from COVID-19.