New case rates of COVID-19 dropped for the third week in a row to 50,789, or a 34% drop compared to the prior week. The commonwealth dropped to 45th in cases per 100,000 nationally, with Alaska, Tennessee, and Mississippi now in the top three. As of February 2, cases nationally were down 53.1% from the peak on January 15.
For the third week in a row, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pennsylvania decreased from 5,084 to 3,794, a 25% decrease. 618 patients are in the ICU, a decrease from the previous week’s 824. Total deaths in Pennsylvania have reached 41,538 with 990 new deaths reported, a decrease compared to the previous week.
Pennsylvania’s statewide percent-positivity rate dropped for the third week in a row from 25.4% to 18.4%. 18 counties have a rate of 10% to less than 20% (compared to four last week); 45 counties have a rate of at least 20% but less than 30% (compared to 27 last week), and four counties have a rate of more than 30% this week (compared to 36 last week.) Click here for more county-specific information.