Pa. COVID-19 Cases Up
17,190 new cases of COVID-19 were reported last week, well below the 100,000 per week from the peak. The statewide COVID-19 total case count now stands at 1,267,709 and cases have increased for six weeks in a row. Despite the jump in cases and unlike last year, the commonwealth ranks 44th in cases per 100,000 nationally, with Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida continuing to make up the top three.
The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pennsylvania increased for the fifth week in a row to 1,463 from 1,064, an increase of 37.5 percent. 391 patients are in the ICU compared to the previous week’s 297. Total deaths in Pennsylvania have reached 28,076 with 110 new deaths reported this week.
Pennsylvania’s statewide percent-positivity rate increased for the seventh week in a row from 6% to 6.9%. Seven counties now have rates less than 5% (down from 18 last week), 46 counties have rates of 5% to less than 10% (up from 42 last week), and 14 counties have rates of 10% to less than 20% (up from seven last week). Click here for more county-specific information.