Number of Pa. COVID-19 tests drops despite rapid increase in cases

Written by on April 7, 2021

Number of Pa. COVID-19 tests drops despite rapid increase in cases

By Brett Sholtis / WITF

April 7, 2021

“Michigan Guard conducts COVID testing in Sturgis & Battle Creek, MI” by Michigan National Guard is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reminding people to get tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms or as a precautionary measure. 

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But testing is down even though new case rates are going up.

State data show from March 29 to April 4, the daily average of new coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania has been more than 4,000.  

This is a 70% increase from a month ago, when the rate of new cases stopped declining and began to rise. 

Health Department COVID-19 senior advisor Lindsey Mauldin says despite the increase, the number of people getting tested has decreased.    

“Remember that testing is important to stop and contain the spread of COVID-19. If you know someone that has been exposed or who is experiencing COVID symptoms, please encourage them to get tested,” Maulding says.  

The reminder comes days after the state loosened restrictions at restaurants and a host of other indoor gathering places such as gyms and casinos. 

The state is getting a record number of vaccines this week, more than 442,000, she says, but notes people also need to keep following public health measures.

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