The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 69 new coronavirus cases in Crawford County on Wednesday, bringing the county's total since early March to 1,310.

The agency has not released information on any of the cases.

The DOH's online hospital preparedness dashboard on Thursday said the county had 20 coronavirus patients hospitalized, 10 adult coronavirus patients in ICU and one on a ventilator, a change from the 19 patients, nine in ICU and one on a ventilator reported Wednesday. Meadville Medical Center has 23 ventilators. The state's dashboard said Thursday there were two adult ICU beds available in the county.

Meadville Medical Center said Wednesday that it still has capacity in the ICU

“If the ICU would need to expand we have four rooms which could be converted at this time,” Don Rhoten, Meadville Medical Center’s vice president of consumer engagement, emailed the Tribune. “We are dedicating rooms to patients with COVID-19 so that number will fluctuate as demand dictates.”

According to ZIP code data from the state, Meadville (16335) has had an increase of 23 confirmed cases and four probable cases since Wednesday, bringing its total to 412 confirmed cases and 113 probable cases since March, or roughly 40 percent of the county's overall total.

The county has had 613 cases reported since Nov. 2.

To date, there have been 12,631 negative tests in the county, an increase of 51 since Wednesday.

Regionally, since the state started tracking COVID-19, Erie County has had 3,899 cases (an increase of 135 since Wednesday), Mercer County 2,142 (up 58), Venango County 651 (up 36) and Warren County 131 (up eight).

Allegheny update

Allegheny College listed 11 active positive cases and 19 people in quarantine on its COVID-19 dashboard Thursday.

The college describes people in quarantine as people "who did not test positive but are staying alone because they: came into close contact with a COVID-19 positive person or were at a gathering (such as a funeral or wedding) or are feeling ill and waiting for a test."

Since mid-August, the college is reporting 5,848 completed tests with 40 positive tests and 37 inconclusive tests.

State adds more than 7K

Pennsylvania health officials announced more than 7,000 new COVID-19 cases and the highest one-day death toll in nearly six months on Thursday.

According to the latest data from the Department of Health, there were 7,126 new cases announced on Thursday, about 800 more than the previous record set on Wednesday. The state has set a record for new cases in seven of the last eight days.

There were also 116 new deaths across the state, the most since May 22 (115). 

The state's COVID-19 dashboard also shows a record 2,952 Pennsylvanians hospitalized due to the novel coronavirus, an increase of 48 over Wednesday's data release. On Sept. 20, there were 400 Pennsylvanians hospitalized. There are also 318 residents being treated on ventilators across the state — a one-day increase of eight — and 659 patients in intensive care units, up 31 from Wednesday.

Statewide there have now 288,978 positive cases of the novel coronavirus. State health officials estimate 66 percent of those have already recovered. Over the past week, from Nov. 12-18, there were 389,594 tests conducted statewide with 38,48 positive cases.

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