Pennsylvania passes 20K deaths from the coronavirus

Pedestrians walk past a sign on in Mount Lebanon, Pa.,reminding people to wear a mask, wash their hands and practice social distancing, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pedestrians walk past a sign on in Mount Lebanon, Pa.,reminding people to wear a mask, wash their hands and practice social distancing, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pennsylvania has surpassed 20,000 deaths from the coronavirus, the state Department of Health reported Thursday.

The department said another 260 people died from the virus, pushing the total past 20,120.

Pennsylvania’s seven-day average of deaths reported hit its highest point in the pandemic earlier this month, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

However, the numbers of new infections reported and coronavirus patients in hospitals and intensive care units have continued to drop throughout January, according to state figures.

Another approximately 5,660 people tested positive, bring the state’s total to almost 790,000 during the pandemic, the department said.

The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 has dropped below 4,900, while the number of patients in the intensive care unit with Covid-19 has dropped below 900.

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older, according to the department.

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