Pa. COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Plateau
34,391 new cases of COVID-19 were reported last week. For the second week in a row, this was only a 4% increase compared to the prior week. The statewide COVID-19 total case count now stands at 1,479,364. The commonwealth is now 15th in cases per 100,000 nationally, with Alaska, Montana, and North Dakota now in the top three. Nationally, the total number of cases have declined over the past month, while Pennsylvania’s cases have plateaued.
The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pennsylvania increased by 89 to 2,899, up from 2,800, an increase of only 3.5% and a decrease compared to earlier in the week when hospitalizations crossed 3,000. 10 additional patients are in the ICU, totaling 679. There were 388 new deaths reported this week, an increase of only 10 compared to the previous week.
Pennsylvania’s statewide percent-positivity rate increased for the second week in a row from 9.1% to 9.6%. Two counties have a rate less than 5% (up from one last week), 16 counties have rates of 5% to less than 10% (compared to 14 last week), 42 counties have rates of 10% to less than 20% (compared to 50 last week); seven counties have a rate of at least 20% but less than 30% (compared to two last week). Click here for more county-specific information.