Pennsylvania recorded 1,390 new positive COVID-19 cases over the weekend, bringing the statewide total to over 95,000, the state Department of Health released.
An additional 37 cases in Washington County over the weekend brought its count to 447. Greene County added nine new cases, a total of 70.
The state reported 24 new deaths, with 6,904 total deaths attributed to COVID-19.
The number of new cases in Allegheny County increased by 415 over the weekend, a total of 4,962.
Though most hospitalizations and deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older, there has been a recent significant increase in COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19- to 24-year-olds. The state alerted healthcare providers of these changing demographics over the weekend. In Southwestern Pennsylvania, specifically, there were just over 5% of cases in this age group in April, but that has risen to nearly 26% of cases so far in July.
“As the entire state is now in the green phase, we must remain committed to protecting against COVID-19 by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and avoiding large gatherings,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in the release. “Pennsylvania has been a model for the country on how to reopen effectively using a careful, measured approach. However, the virus has not gone away, and we are seeing cases rise, especially in Southwest Pennsylvania.”
A local Sheetz employee has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a release from the company.
Sheetz learned late Saturday afternoon the employee, at the location along Racetrack Road in North Strabane Township, tested positive. The employee last worked on July 5.
Though the store is not closing, order points and food service will be closed temporarily to allow for extra cleaning.
Additionally, Mad Mex’s North Strabane Township location along Canonsburg Lake is temporarily closed due to a positive COVID-19 case among its employees.
The location announced the closure Saturday when staff learned of the test result, according to their website. The employee last worked Thursday.