Pa. COVID-19 Cases Decline While Hospitalizations Rise
After two weeks of increasing cases, 41,321 new cases of COVID-19 were reported last week, a 19% decrease compared to the prior week. The statewide COVID-19 total case count now stands at 1,686,169. The commonwealth remains at 20th in cases per 100,000 nationally, with Michigan, Minnesota, and New Mexico now in the top three.
The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pennsylvania increased for the second week in a row, from 2,626 to 3,097, or 18%. 734 patients are in the ICU, an increase compared to the previous week’s 606. Total deaths in Pennsylvania have reached 32,924, with 523 new deaths reported this week, an increase compared to the previous week.
Pennsylvania’s statewide percent-positivity rate increased for the third week in a row from 10.3% to 11.7%. One county has a rate less than 5% (compared to two last week), nine counties have rates of 5% to less than 10% (compared to 11 last week), 42 counties have rates of 10% to less than 20% (compared to 44 last week), 14 counties have a rate of at least 20% but less than 30% (compared to nine last week), and one county has a rate higher than 30% (compared to one last week). Click here for more county-specific information.