New Statewide COVID Cases Drop for 6th Straight Week

HARRISBURG – New statewide COVID cases have dropped again over the past week, the sixth consecutive week they’ve declined.

The state Department of Health released its weekly update Wednesday, reporting a total of 15,001 new daily cases since last week (about a 2,100 average) and a pandemic total of 2,987,357 cases. That’s about 2,600 fewer cases reported this week than last week.

There were 250 new Valley cases since last Wednesday. Northumberland County posted 134 of those cases (daily average 19), the county has reached 24,064 new COVID cases since the start of the pandemic. Union County had 40 new cases in the last week (about six per day) and they’ve reached 12,170 total cases. Montour County now has a total of 4,889 total cases after reporting 30 new cases (about four per day). Snyder County had 46 new cases (about 6.5 per day) with a pandemic total of 8,408.

1,025 people are hospitalized in Pennsylvania with COVID-19. Compared to last week that is 72 fewer. Locally, Evangelical is treating five patients (four vaccinated (one in ICU), one unvaccinated). There have been no updates at Geisinger’s campuses lately.

There were 105 new statewide deaths reported in the last week.  There have been 45,657 statewide deaths since the start of the pandemic. There was one new death in The Valley, in Snyder County, now with 159 total deaths since the start of the pandemic. Northumberland County,has now experienced 544 deaths, Montour County has had 94 total deaths, and in Union County, there have been 155 total deaths.

According to the CDC’s website, 78.9% of 18 and older Pennsylvanians are fully vaccinated, which is about 8 million of those residents.

The Department of Human Services says there are fewer than five cases at the Selinsgrove Center among those receiving services and 13 among staff. There are no cases at Danville State Hospital. There are no new cases at the Allenwood federal penitentiary campuses or the Lewisburg federal penitentiary as well.

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