Pennsylvania COVID-19 cases are nearing levels seen previously only in April, when the virus was at its worst in the state.
The state Health Department reported more than 2,200 new virus cases over a two-day span, with 1,166 on Saturday and 1,088 Sunday. On Friday, the state reported 1,742 new cases, the most since April 22, and the eighth-largest single-day case increase since the virus arrived in Pennsylvania March 6.
Including the two-day case report, 173,304 Pennsylvania residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Health Department reported 6 fatalities Sunday and 18 Saturday, bringing the death toll to 8,368.
With the exception of Friday, all of the 10 largest single-day case increases took place between April 3, with 1,700 new cases, and April 23, with 1,642 new cases. The largest single-day increase was April 8, with 2,059 new cases, according to the Health Department's COVID-19 dashboard.
After the April peak, the state's cases bottomed out from June 13-15, a three-day span with 335, 348 and 334 single-day increases, respectively.
Over the previous seven days, the state has had 9,117 positive tests.
The Health Department reports 25 fatalities in Mercer County, including one on Sept. 28, according to the state dashboard.
Mercer County had four new cases Sunday and seven Saturday. On Friday, when the state figures crossed the 1,700 mark, the county had 15 new cases, the largest single-day increase since Sept. 17, with 21.
The county's largest single-day increase of the pandemic was 22, on Aug. 12.
With Monday's report, Mercer County has had 831 COVID-19 cases, 741 confirmed and 90 probable.