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Nursing homes account for more than half of Pa.’s COVID-19 deaths

More than half of Pennsylvania’s 1,550 COVID-19 deaths — 952 —  were residents of nursing or personal care facilities, the state Department of Health reports.

State health officials also reported another 1,116 additional positive cases from COVID-19 on April 26, bringing the state total to 41,165.

Some 157,428 patients have tested negative for the virus to date.

Here’s a breakdown by age of patients who have tested positive:

  • 0-4, 1% or less.
  • 5-12, 1% or less.
  • 13-18, 1%.
  • 19-24, nearly 6%.
  • 25-49, nearly 38%.
  • 50-64, nearly 27%.
  • 65 and up, nearly 26%.

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in the same age bracket. There have been no pediatric deaths. More data is available here.

Dawn Ouellette Nixon
Dawn Ouellette Nixon is a career journalist who believes that good journalism can change the world. As the health care reporter, she covers everything from small town medicine to big pharma. You can also find her chasing a good business story in Berks County. She can be reached at or 610-807-9619, extension 4118.

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