Pa. COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Decline
COVID case counts declined for the second week in a row, with 23,091 new cases reported this week, a 16% decrease compared to last week. The statewide COVID-19 total case count now stands at 1,154,105. Across the state, 20 counties saw their weekly cases increase (compared to 14 last week), while 47 counties saw decreases (compared to 51 last week). Despite lower numbers, Pennsylvania remains the fourth highest in case growth per 100,000, with Michigan, Colorado, and Minnesota making up the top three.
For the second week in a row, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pennsylvania has decreased from 2,561 to 2,161, a 15.6% decrease. 479 of these patients are in an ICU, down from 544 the prior week. After decreasing last week, the number of COVID-19 patients on a ventilator statewide increased slightly from 252 to 258.
Unfortunately, total deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania increased for the fourth week in a row. 315 deaths were reported this week, 14% more than in the previous week. Total deaths in Pennsylvania have reached 26,253.
Pennsylvania’s statewide percent-positivity rate has decreased for the second week in a row, from 8.6% to 7.6%. 12 counties now have rates of less than 5% (up from six last week), 38 counties have rates of 5% to less than 10% (down from 42 last week), and 17 counties have rates of 10% to less than 20% (down from 19 last week). Click here for more county-specific information.