It took Pa. 7 months to reach 200K coronavirus cases, then just 24 days to hit 300K

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There were 134 days between Pennsylvania’s first reported coronavirus case and its 100,000th. It took 102 more days to reach another 100,000 people.The third 100,000? Just 24 days.Pennsylvania reported its 300,000th case of COVID-19 on Saturday, the same day the U.S. surpassed 12 million cases, and less than a month since the state’s case count hit 200,000.Data from Pennsylvania has shown a rapid acceleration in recent weeks with thousands of cases reported daily – 6,778 on Saturday alone – a surge far surpassing anything seen here in the spring, when the state was shut down.(Can’t see the chart? Click here.)“It shows just how difficult the last several weeks have been,” Pennsylvania Health Department spokesperson Nate Wardle told lehighvalleylive.com in an email Friday evening anticipating the 300,000 milestone, which follows a week in which new mask and travel orders were issued and plans published for the eventual distribution of a coronavirus vaccine. “We have been preparing for a fall resurgence, and now it is here and we need Pennsylvanians to follow the mitigation orders in place.”Saturday’s health department report officially puts Pennsylvania at 302,564 total cases of COVID-19. Locally, Lehigh and Northampton counties combined for 435 new cases, the Lehigh Valley’s …

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