Pa. COVID-19 Percent Positivity Rates Drops; Minor Cases by County Now Available
32,795 new cases of COVID-19 were reported last week. The statewide COVID-19 total case count now stands at 1,380,364. The commonwealth continues to rank 36th in cases per 100,000 nationally, with Tennessee, West Virginia, and Alaska now making up the top three. Every state reported a high rate of transmission for the fourth week in a row.
After increasing for 10 weeks, Pennsylvania’s statewide percent-positivity rate has decreased from 9.1% to 8.9%. One county has a rate less than 5% (up from none last week), 23 counties have rates of 5% to less than 10% (compared to 25 last week), 40 counties have rates of 10% to less than 20% (same as last week), three counties have a rate of at least 20% but less than 30% (compared to one last week), and no county has a rate of more than 30% (down from one last week). Click here for more county-specific information.
The state Department of Health is now reporting weekly on the number of children who have tested positive for COVID-19 by county. The data is reported for children ages 0-4 and 5-18. For the week of September 8-14, Allegheny reported the highest rates for both age groups. To view the report, click here.
The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pennsylvania increased by 154 cases last week. There were 54 additional patients added in the ICU. There were 296 new deaths reported bringing the 18-month total to 28,862.