COVID case counts decreased for the sixth week in a row, with 6,362 new cases of COVID-19 reported this week, 36% less than last week. The statewide COVID-19 total case count now stands at 1,201,375. Pennsylvania’s new case rates are now comparable to the lows reached in September 2020.
Nationally, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are steadily trending downward. In fact, new cases nationally are now the lowest reported since March 2020. Pennsylvania dropped to the 14th highest growth in cases per 100,000, with Washington, Colorado, and Wyoming now making up the top three.
For the sixth week in a row, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pennsylvania has decreased from 1,261 to 1,028, an 18% decrease. 257 of these patients are in an ICU, down from 293 the prior week. The number of COVID-19 patients on a ventilator statewide decreased from 177 to 139.
Deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania also decreased this week. 174 deaths were reported this week, 38% less than in the previous week. Total deaths in Pennsylvania have reached 27,203.
Pennsylvania’s statewide percent-positivity rate has decreased for the sixth week in a row, from 4.5% to 3.8% and the second week in a row below 5%. 39 counties now have rates of less than 5% (up from 27 last week), 26 counties have rates of 5% to less than 10% (down from 36 last week), and two counties have rates of 10% to less than 20% (down from four last week). Click here for more county-specific information.