218,173 new cases of COVID-19 were reported last week in Pennsylvania, The statewide COVID-19 total case count now stands at 2,458,722. The commonwealth dropped to 26th in cases per 100,000 nationally, with Rhode Island, Delaware, and New York now in the top three.
State Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter noted this week, “While initial data suggest that fewer patients are being admitted specifically for COVID-19, there are more patients who test positive upon arrival.” However, she also pointed out that due to isolation and PPE precautions, all COVID-19 patients create an additional strain on the hospital system. The commonwealth is working to provide four overflow sites that will open February 1 to relieve strain on hospitals.
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