HARRISBURG – After a rise in statewide COVID cases last week, the state Department of Health says cases went back down this past week across Pennsylvania and our area.
The health department said a total of 15,205 new statewide cases have been reported over the last seven days, which is about 3,700 fewer cases than the previous week, and averages out about 2,100 daily cases. The commonwealth’s COVID-19 case count now stands at 3,254,503 since the start of the pandemic.
Valley numbers have declined slightly for a second straight week. The 210 new cases reported since last Wednesday is down 44 from the week before, with 123 new cases in Northumberland County (26,298 cases since the start of the pandemic), 34 in Snyder County (8,992 total), 24 in Union County (12,795 total) and 29 in Montour (5,421 total).
Also in the health department’s Wednesday update, 115 deaths were reported throughout the commonwealth (pandemic total 47,215), with no Valley deaths reported. Since the start of the pandemic, Northumberland County has reported 560 total deaths, Snyder County 164, Union County 157, and Montour 94.
In Valley hospitalizations, Geisinger Danville continues to be the only hospital with COVID patients in an ICU or on a ventilator. They’re currently treating 46 total (up four from last week), with eight in ICU and five on a ventilator. Evangelical Community Hospital continues treating two vaccinated patients, and Geisinger’s Shamokin campus is treating five COVID patients, up three from last week. Statewide hospitalizations are at 1,186 with 141 in ICU and 68 on ventilators.
The Bureau of Federal Prisons reports 14 total COVID cases in Valley facilities. The medium security campus of Allenwood Federal Penitentiary has no current cases, while the minimum-security campus now reports 10 inmate cases, and the maximum-security campus continues to report three inmate cases. USP Lewisburg has one current inmate case.
A weekly update from the Department of Human Services currently reports the Selinsgrove Center at 16 staff COVID cases and fewer than five cases among people receiving services. The Danville State Hospital has less than five current cases in each category.
In statewide vaccination rates, the Department of Health said more than 23.1 million doses have been administered since the start of the pandemic, including more than five million booster doses. Montour County has a full vaccination rate of 78.8%, Northumberland 58.3%, Union 50.1%, and Snyder 43.5%.