PA Hits 1.4 Million COVID Cases, 2,600 Hospitalizations

Associated Press

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania has reached over 1.4 million cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and there are now over 2,600 hospitalizations related to the virus.

In Friday’s update, the state Department of Health says there were 5,071 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of people who have contracted the disease to 1,402,826 since the pandemic began. The department says a one percentage point lower number, 90%, have fully recovered.

The department also says there were 99 new Valley cases, including 55 in Northumberland County, (11,199 total), 15 in Union County, (6,723 total cases since the start of the pandemic), 21 in Snyder (4,220 total), and eight in Montour (2,228 total).

The Department of Health also says there are an increased number of people hospitalized in the state.  2,641 people hospitalized with COVID-19 – that’s 88 more people in the hospital than listed the day before.  They say 662 of the people are in an ICU and 324 are on ventilators.

Locally, Geisinger Danville is treating 52 COVID-19 patients.  There are 22 of those patients in an ICU and are on 13 ventilators. Geisinger Shamokin is treating 13 total COVID patients. There are 132 total patients system wide at Geisinger campuses , 88% of whom are unvaccinated.

In other local hospitalizations, Evangelical says an increase in patients, 27 people hospitalized, 23 are unvaccinated, eight are in ICU – all unvaccinated – and there are no patients on ventilators.

34 new deaths reported statewide, for a total of 29,064 since the start of the pandemic. There are no local deaths to report; Northumberland County has had 380 deaths since the start of the pandemic, Union County has had 93 deaths, Montour County 68, Snyder County has had 92 deaths total.

In statewide vaccine data, more than 12.6 million total vaccine doses have been administered statewide since the pandemic began, with 6.1 million fully vaccinated – 68.2% of those 18 and older are fully vaccinated. 75,146 additional doses have been administered statewide since August 13 for the immunocompromised.

Local vaccine data showed 210 doses received by residents of The Valley since Thursday. Northumberland County residents received 121 new doses, for a total of 86,764 having received at least one shot (44,332 county residents are fully vaccinated, 41,754 partially, 678 additional doses for immunocompromised since August 13).

Snyder County residents received 22 more doses, for a total of 29,356 (14,672 residents are now fully vaccinated, 14,554 partially, 130 additional doses for immunocompromised since August 13). Union County residents received 51 more doses for a total of 37,160 (18,700 fully vaccinated, 18,250 partially, 210 additional doses for immunocompromised since August 13) and Montour residents received 16 more doses (24,279 total; 11,921 fully vaccinated residents, 12,047 partially, 311 additional doses for immunocompromised since August 13).

At Valley universities, Bucknell now has 16 active cases on campus (44 total  since the semester began), six of those positive cases are among students. They note that 94.3% of the students and faculty are fully vaccinated. Susquehanna has three active student cases and two active faculty case (14 total since the start of the semester), and Bloomsburg reported 20 new campus cases Wednesday – there have been 183 since the start of the fall semester.

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