HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania added 672 additional positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the statewide total to 164,207 cases. Of those cases, 82 percent of all patients have recovered.
Pennsylvania reported 11 new deaths Monday, bringing the state’s death toll to 8,227 since the onset of the pandemic.
“We know that congregation, especially in college and university settings, yields increased case counts. The mitigation efforts in place now are essential to flattening the curve and saving lives,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a news release.
“Wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and following the requirements set forth in the orders for bars and restaurants, gatherings, and telework will help keep our case counts low.” she added.
Levine also encouraged residents to download the COVID Alert PA exposure notification app.
At least 332 new coronavirus deaths and 34,491 new cases were reported in the United States on Sunday, according to a New York Times database. Over the past week, there have been an average of 43,586 cases per day, an increase of 6 percent from the average two weeks earlier.
As of Monday, 29 states and Puerto Rico remained above the positive testing rate recommended by the World Health Organization to safely reopen. To safely reopen, the WHO recommends states remain at 5 percent or lower for at least 14 days.
More than 7.4 million people in the United States have tested positive for the coronavirus as of Monday midday, and more than 209,800 have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
With reporting by Megan VerHelst of Patch
This article originally appeared on the Across Pennsylvania Patch