PA Department of Health: COVID Going Back Down In Valley, PA

Associated Press

HARRISBURG – The number of COVID-19 cases are going down statewide and in the Valley. There have been increases in the numbers previously.

The state Department of Health said Wednesday, 9,953 new statewide cases were reported over the last seven days. That’s about 2,200 fewer cases than the previous week, and averages out about 1,400 daily cases – the average last week was 1,700 new cases per week. The commonwealth’s COVID-19 case count now stands at 3,340,015 since the start of the pandemic.

For the Valley, the 146 new cases reported since last Wednesday includes 86 new cases in Northumberland County (27,043 cases since the start of the pandemic).

Union County had 24 new cases (13,083 total). Elsewhere in the Valley, there are 22 new cases in Snyder County (9,273 total), and 14 in Montour (5,5611 total).

132 deaths were reported throughout the commonwealth (pandemic total 48,126), including one new death in Northumberland County and a new death in Snyder County in the past week. Since the start of the pandemic, Montour County has now reported 96 total deaths, Northumberland County 568 total deaths, Snyder County 166, and Union County 158.

In Valley hospitalizations, Geisinger Danville is currently treating 36 patients (two more than last week), with seven in the ICU and three on ventilators. Geisinger’s Shamokin campus is treating four COVID patients, two fewer from last week, with one in the ICU. Evangelical Community Hospital is treating five patients –the same as last week. While ICU and ventilator stats aren’t available, Evan does say all of he patients being treated right now have been vaccinated.

Statewide hospitalizations are at 1,2137 (down 124 from last week) with 137 in ICU and 61 on ventilators.

In statewide vaccination rates, the Department of Health said more than 24.7 million doses have been administered since the start of the pandemic. Montour County has a full vaccination rate of 80.8%, Northumberland 58.9%, Union 51.2%, and Snyder 44%.

There are no longer any COVID cases at the federal penitentiaries in Allenwood and Lewisburg.

A weekly update from the Department of Human Services currently reports the Selinsgrove Center staff has five COVID cases and fewer than five cases among people receiving services. The Danville State Hospital has less than five current cases with staff, and five among clients.

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