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Dashboard data show weekly case increases statewide, multiple counties with high percent-positives

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Gov. Tom Wolf released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard comparing the seven-day period of July 17 – July 23 to the previous seven days, July 10 – July 16.
 
As of Thursday, July 23, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 5,912, the previous seven-day increase was 5,579, alerting that cases are continuing to rise throughout the state.
 
The statewide percent-positivity went up to 4.7% from 4.4% last week. Counties with concerning percent-positivity include Beaver (8.7%), Armstrong (8.6%), Franklin (7.7%), Mercer (7.6%), Allegheny (6.6%), Lawrence (6.2%), Chester (6.0%), Philadelphia (5.6%), Fayette (5.4%), York (5.4%), Dauphin (5.3%), Delaware (5.3%), Bedford (5.1%) and Greene (5.1%). Each of these counties bear watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.
 
Today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations, originally announced on July 2, to add Missouri and Wyoming to the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.
 
“The mitigation efforts we took last week were a proactive step to get in front of the rise of cases that we are continuing to see,” Wolf said. “We know that it will take a period of time for the mitigation efforts to be reflected in the data. One thing we know for certain is that we must continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.
 
“We need to recommit to the simple measures of mask-wearing and social distancing to stop the spread and go back to more freedoms.”

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