Pennsylvania again broke its record for new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, reporting an additional 4,361 in a news release Tuesday.
The state also added 62 new deaths, according to the department of health release. Pennsylvania has now reported 238,657 cases and 9,086 deaths.
There are 1,827 coronavirus patients in state hospitals, with 393 of them in intensive care.
Behind the numbers: Mask-wearing is mandatory in Pennsylvania outside the home. The state has seen significant increases in the number of Covid-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds, according to the department.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf commended President-elect Joe Biden and his coronavirus task force in a statement Tuesday.
“It is reassuring to see President-elect Biden take this virus seriously and move forward with a task force that is focused on science and reality,” Wolf said.
The governor praised Biden for “the team he has put together to lead the country out of this very difficult period,” which Wolf said included some of the country's most respected public health experts, including two Philadelphia-area physicians.
“We need leadership that is consistent and committed to ending this pandemic, to saving lives and livelihoods, and to making decisions based on facts and science,” Wolf said.