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Pennsylvania state health officials reported 6,778 additional positive cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the statewide total to 302,564.

There are 3,162 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, levels not seen since May when hospitalizations were at their highest.

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

The death toll has risen to 9,801 after 112 additional fatalities were reported.

State health officials advise the public to download the COVID Alert PA app. Last Wednesday, Governor Tom Wolf announced that more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians have added the app to their phone to the fight to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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Gov. Wolf said, “The app, along with our other mitigation efforts, including mask-wearing, social distancing, hand washing and avoiding gatherings, all contribute to stopping the spread of this deadly virus. It’s time for everyone to do their part, mask up, download the app and stay safe.”

By downloading COVID Alert PA, you can get a notification if you have been in close contact with someone who later tests positive for COVID-19, or anonymously notify other residents if you yourself test positive. The app is a free and voluntary mobile app developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in partnership with NearForm, University of Pennsylvania and MIT Lincoln Laboratory using Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification System.