HARRISBURG – COVID cases in Pennsylvania and The Valley remained at relatively low levels of transmission in the past week.
The state Department of Health said in its weekly update this week, there were 21 new Valley COVID cases reported since last Wednesday – that number is up seven from last week.
In Northumberland County, there were 14 new cases reported (29,014 since the start of the pandemic). In Snyder County, two new cases was reported for a total of 9,874. In Union County, two (13,650 total) and Montour County, three (6,055 total).
The state says in the past week, there were 1,051 new statewide COVID cases, which is 439 fewer cases than last week. Pennsylvania averaged about 150 daily cases in the past week as well. The Pennsylvania pandemic case total now stands at 3,561,872.
The state Department of Health’s weekly update shows, statewide, there are 96 new deaths related to the disease (51,144 statewide total since the start of the pandemic).
There were no new deaths in the Valley. In Northumberland County, 601 residents have died from COVID, in Union County the total is 160, Snyder 170, and Montour 99.
The Department of Health reported also late Wednesday; coronavirus hospitalizations went up slightly this past week, this time up by 11, for a total of 260 statewide. The department said there are 32 ICU beds still being used, and there are six fewer patients on ventilators (16 total).
Here in The Valley, Geisinger’s Shamokin campus is now treating three COVID patients, up one from last week. Geisinger Danville is now treating 16 COVID patients (six more than last week), including two in the ICU. At Evangelical Community Hospital, there are still three COVID-19 infected patients.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons has apparently stopped giving COVID-19 updates, as access to that data has not been available in the last two weeks.
25.7 million vaccine doses have been administered since the start of the pandemic. Montour County has a ‘full vaccination’ rate of 82.5%, Northumberland 59.6%, Union 52.2%, and Snyder 44.6%.