Your daily coronavirus update: Pennsylvania virus-related deaths top 5,000, officials say

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health says more than 5,000 deaths in the commonwealth are now associated with the coronavirus.

The department on Saturday reported 112 additional deaths linked to COVID-19, raising the statewide total to 5,096.

State health officials also reported that more than 700 more people testing positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the state total to just under 67,000. The state has recorded fewer than 1,000 new cases daily for almost two weeks.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher than the state’s confirmed case count because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick. Most hospitalizations and deaths have occurred among patients 65 or older.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in a couple of weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are at higher risk of more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

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