Pa. COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Decrease

After six straight weeks of increasing case counts, only 27,398 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this week, a 21% decrease over last week. The statewide COVID-19 total case count now stands at 1,131,014. Across the state, 14 counties saw their weekly cases increase (compared to 39 last week), while 51 counties saw decreases (compared to 28 last week) and two counties had no change (compared to 0 last week.) Despite lower numbers, Pennsylvania remains the fourth highest growth in cases per 100,000, with Michigan, New Jersey, and Delaware making up the top three. 

After five straight weeks of increasing case counts the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pennsylvania has decreased from 2,653 to 2,561, a 3.5% decrease. 544 of these patients are in an ICU, down from 555 the prior week. After increasing for five weeks in a row, the number of COVID-19 patients on a ventilator statewide decreased from 275 to 252.  

Unfortunately, total deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania increased for the third week in a row. 277 deaths were reported this week, 7% more than the previous week. Total deaths in Pennsylvania have reached 25,938.  

After increasing for five weeks in a row, Pennsylvania’s statewide percent-positivity rate has decreased from 9.6% to 8.6%. Six counties now have rates less than 5% (up from four last week), 42 counties have rates of 5% to less than 10% (up from 38 last week), 19 counties have rates of 10% to less than 20% (down from 24 last week), and no county had a rate of 20% but less than 30% (down from one last week). Click herefor more county-specific information.   

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