COVID case counts decreased for the fifth week in a row in Pennsylvania, with 9,881 new cases reported this week, 23% less than last week. The statewide COVID-19 total case count now stands at 1,195,013.
Nationally, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have all been steadily trending downward. Pennsylvania dropped to the 10th highest growth in cases per 100,000, with low-population states Delaware, Colorado, and West Virginia now making up the top three.
For the fifth week in a row, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pennsylvania has decreased from 1,499 to 1,261, a 16% decrease. 293 of these patients are in an ICU, down from 330 the prior week. The number of COVID-19 patients on a ventilator statewide decreased from 228 to 177.
Unfortunately, deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania increased this week after decreasing for two straight weeks. 280 deaths were reported this week, 29% more than in the previous week. Total deaths in Pennsylvania have reached 27,029.
Pennsylvania’s statewide percent-positivity rate has decreased for the fifth week in a row, from 5.3% to 4.5%. 27 counties now have rates of less than 5% (up from 14 last week), 36 counties have rates of 5% to less than 10% (down from 46 last week), and four counties have rates of 10% to less than 20% (down from seven last week). Click here for more county-specific information.