Pennsylvania on the brink of a fall spike in COVID-19 cases

Written by on October 15, 2020

Pennsylvania on the brink of a fall spike in COVID-19 cases

By Julia Agos, WITF

October 15, 2020

A cashier and customer interact while wearing masks inside the Ross store on Jonestown Road in Harrisburg on Friday, June 19, 2020. Kate Landis / PA Post

Pennsylvania appears to be at the start of a fall resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

WITF’s Julia Agos reports the Commonwealth has seen more than 1,000 cases a day for more than a week.

The Wolf administration is distributing the first allotment of antigen test kits from the federal government to help minimize the impact of the next wave.

The commonwealth is slated to receive 250,000 antigen tests a week through December.

The kits use a nasal swab and take just 15 minutes to get a result.

As positivity rates and hospitalizations rise around the Commonwealth – state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says there are no plans for new shut down orders or restrictions.

The state still has about 21% of ICU beds available.

The department is encouraging people to download the COVID Alert PA app to help with contact tracing efforts.

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