Fewer PA & Valley COVID-19 Cases, Three New Local Deaths Reported

Associated Press

HARRISBURG – Weekly COVID-19 cases statewide were below 20,000 for the second straight week, and there was a dip in Valley cases. There were three local deaths reported.

In its weekly update Wednesday, the state Department of Health reported a total of 16,906 new statewide COVID cases over the last seven days…that is a daily average of 2,400 reported cases and about 1,300 fewer total cases than reported the week before. The statewide COVID-19 case count total now stands at 3,202,811 since the start of the pandemic.

The Valley’s weekly case count was 32 fewer than last week, with 278 new cases reported, with 166 in Northumberland County – that’s 37 fewer cases in that county than a week ago.

Northumberland County now has had a total of 25,890 cases since the start of the pandemic. Snyder County reported 45 (8,879 total). Union County adds 39 new cases (12,695 total) and Montour 28 (5,313 total).

The Health Department also said 115 deaths were reported throughout the commonwealth (pandemic total 46,831). Two deaths were reported in Snyder County, with 163 deaths since the start of the pandemic, and one in Northumberland County (558 total). Union County remains with 157 total deaths and Montour totals remains with 94.

The Department of Human Services is still reporting an ongoing outbreak at two Valley facilities. The Selinsgrove Center still has 31 COVID cases among staff. There are also 13 cases among people receiving services and ‘fewer than five’ deaths reported. At Danville State Hospital, there are still 12 staff cases and 13 current patient cases, along with ‘fewer than five’ patient deaths reported as well.

1,171 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 statewide, with 146 patients in an ICU and 59 on ventilators, which is 87 fewer patients hospitalized than last week.

Here in The Valley, Evangelical has eight COVID patients, four more than last week, (six are vaccinated, two unvaccinated), while Geisinger’s Shamokin campus is down to three this week (four fewer than last Wednesday). Geisinger Danville has 28 patients total (nine more than last week), with four in ICU and one on a ventilator.

At the Allenwood Federal Penitentiary, at the Medium Security campus, there are four inmates currently infected (1 fewer than last week). The USP Allenwood Maximum Security Campus has 10 inmate cases (one more than last week), and the minimum security campus is  reporting 11 inmate cases, which is one more than last week. USP Lewisburg has three inmate COVID cases.

In statewide vaccination rates, more than 23 million vaccine doses were administered.  Montour County has a full vaccination rate of 78.5%, Northumberland 58.1%, Union 49.9% and Snyder 43.4%.

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