The state Department of Health announced Friday that Pennsylvania had its largest single-day increase of new COVID-19 cases in more than two months.
The department reported 1,213 positive tests as of midnight Friday, the largest increase since the May 10 report, when there were 1,295 new cases. The state reported 22 fatalities, which brings Pennsylvania's death toll to 7,101 since the virus arrived March 6 in the state.
Mercer County had seven new cases for a total of 289, with 254 confirmed and 35 probable. Probable cases refer to patients who have positive serology tests with symptoms or a high-risk exposure.
“As the state has put in place new mitigation efforts to offset recent case increases, we must renew our commitment to protecting against COVID-19 by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and following the requirements set forth in the orders for bars and restaurants, gatherings and telework,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvania has been a model for the country on how to reopen effectively using a careful, measured approach. However, we know the virus has not gone away as we see cases rise, so we must work together to stop another surge.”