recently explained why:

“The monthlong period represents two 14-day incubation periods for the virus with a few extra days that allow any death certificates to reach the state’s reporting system, the Michigan Disease Surveillance System, or MDSS, said Lynn Sutfin, health department spokesperson.”

It is unclear but expected that recovery information will now be a part of the state’s daily COVID-19 statistics update.

As for other positive signs related to Pennsylvania’s coronavirus numbers, the Wolf administration noted in a press release that:

  • “The state has seen sustained reductions in hospitalizations. From May 8 when the first counties moved to yellow to yesterday, the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized dropped by nearly one thousand – from 2,618 to 1,667. 
  • “The number of COVID patients on ventilators shrank by about a third, from 505 to 347.  
  • “New cases continue to decline: From May 8 to May 15, the state added 6,384 cases and from May 15 to 21, added 4,770.
  • “The current COVID-19 incidence rate in the state is 83.4 cases per 100,000 people. Two weeks ago, it was 113.6 per 100,000. Most other states are seeing their new case rate continue to increase or remain flat. Pennsylvania is one of just 19 states with new case-rate declines.

Finally, Pa. reported that, in addition to the number of total cases and recoveries as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, that there have also been 4,984 total deaths attributed to COVID-19.

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