HARRISBURG – A day after Pennsylvania recorded its largest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases since late March, the state has topped that with its largest increase since January – and for the third straight day, there are over 100 deaths statewide.
In its Thursday’s update, the state Department of Health reported 9,143 new cases. That brings the statewide pandemic total to 1,753,669.
There are 179 new Valley cases, mostly in Northumberland County with 101 new cases (14,992 total since the start of the pandemic); 31 in Snyder County (5,432 total); 39 in Union County (8,194 total); and eight in Montour (2,906 total).
The department also said 128 new COVID deaths were reported since Wednesday, for a total of 33,649 since the start of the pandemic.
There were two deaths reported in the Valley, all in Northumberland County with 432 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Snyder, Union, and Montour counties remain with 113, 112, and 75 total deaths, respectively.
According to Thursday’s update, statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations slightly decreased by 11 to 3,928, with 837 patients in ICU and 471 on ventilators.
Locally, Geisinger Danville is treating three new COVID patients. They have 116 total, with 36 in ICU and 19 on ventilators. Geisinger Shamokin is treating 28, with seven in ICU and none on ventilators.
Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg has seven fewer persons admitted for a total of 52 (42 are unvaccinated). – nine people are in an ICU (seven are unvaccinated), and five on ventilators – four of whom are unvaccinated.
Among Valley universities, Bloomsburg University has a 12 new campus cases, for total of 312 campus cases since the start of the pandemic.
Bucknell is now reporting 10 active cases on campus (all among staff), with 113 total cases since the semester began. They note a 94.6% vaccination rate. Susquehanna continues to report four active student cases and three active employee cases (60 total in the fall semester), with a campus vaccination rate of 95.6%.
Thursday, the department said more than 15.4 million vaccine doses have been administered statewide since the start of the pandemic, including 1,553,848 booster doses. They said more than 6.6 million Pennsylvanians are fully vaccinated against the disease and 69.3% of adults (age 18 and over) are fully vaccinated.