Centre County Cases Continue to Rise


Kaedence Baney

Centre County added 162 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, according to the state Department of Health. That brings the county’s total to 2,393 since March. This causes many Centre County residents to be paranoid and worried about the sudden increase of Covid-19 cases in the area.

There are five patients hospitalized in Centre County due to COVID-19. Many residents of the county grow worried as cases continue to rise. There have been 11 deaths associated with COVID-19 in Centre County. 8 of those deaths were either nursing or personal care home residents. Pennsylvania added 1,029 cases Friday, which brought the statewide total to 155,232. An estimate of 82% of patients recovered statewide.

Pennsylvania has documented 8,103 deaths attributed to COVID-19, a growth of 22 since Thursday. The state does not give out specific numbers where there are fewer than five cases to protect patient privacy and does not identify where a case took place in a ZIP code that crosses several counties.

However, the state Health Department opened a free testing site at the Nittany Mall. They can have up to 500 people per day. The site, which is for tests from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, is scheduled to be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, as well as Sept. 29-Oct. 3. Tests are expected to be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. You do not need to have any sort of Covid-19 symptom to get tested. Appointments will need to be scheduled or have insurance to get tested at the Nittany Mall. A photo Identification will also be required for testing.