The number of COVID-19 cases in Centre County saw a new spike Tuesday, which was up by 212 from Monday. This broke the previous highest single-day increase record set on Sept. 9.
There are a total of 1,449 cases in the county, the state Department of Health reported Tuesday.
Centre County now has Pennsylvania’s highest number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people over the last seven days, according to the state Department of Health. A New York Times analysis ranked State College No. 5 in metro areas nationwide where new cases are increasing the fastest.
Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine said Monday that nearly 70% of September COVID-19 cases in northcentral Pennsylvania are among people between the ages of 19 and 24.
Levine said that’s a staggering increase compared to this spring, when people in that age group made up only 7% of cases.
“College and university students are uniquely positioned now to help change the course of the spread of this virus, by changing and adapting your actions,” Levine said.