Pennsylvania's Statewide COVID-19 Case Total Exceeds 115,000

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HARRISBURG, Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The statewide count for COVID-19 cases has surpassed 155,000, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday.

In the last 24 hours, 854 positive cases were reported in the state. Allegheny County accounts for 132 of those cases.

23 new deaths have been reported throughout the state.

“As the state has put in place targeted mitigation efforts to offset recent case increases, we must renew our commitment to protecting against COVID-19 by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and following the requirements set forth in the orders for bars and restaurants, gatherings and telework,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said.

On Monday, Governor Tom Wolf urged Pennsylvanians to fully comply with the state's mitigation efforts - including mask wearing. He also said those who don't wear a mask in public areas can be cited.

Wolf instituted new mitigation orders restricting restaurants to 25 percent capacity and only allowing alcohol to be sold with meals (drinks-to-go can continue).

In a release, the health department said they've seen "significant increases in COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds."

The age breakdown for positive test is as follows:

1% are ages 0-4;1% are ages 5-12;3% are ages 13-18;9% are ages 19-24; 37% are ages 25-49; Nearly 23% are ages 50-64; and24% are ages 65 or older

To date, 1,156,520 have tested negative for COVID-19.