The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported an increase of 7,960 new coronavirus cases in the state Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 18,429 throughout all 67 counties since the beginning of the pandemic.
Seventy-four percent of the state’s total cases are considered to be recovered.
Health officials also reported the state’s first COVID-19 variant case last week in Dauphin County.
State health officials also reported 349 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Pennsylvania’s death toll to 18,429.
According to the Department of Health’s hospital dashboard, 5,069 people are hospitalized with the virus across Pennsylvania and and 1,035 are in the Intensive Care Unit.
Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.
There have been 58,440 confirmed cases in our 10-county viewing area since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health, and 1,656 deaths.
Five hundred and sixteen cases and 31 more deaths were reported in our viewing area Wednesday.
Centre reported 133 more cases, Blair reported 101, Cambria reported 64, Somerset reported 60, Clearfield reported 57, Elk reported 33, Huntingdon reported 28, Jefferson and Bedford each reported 17 and Cameron reported six.
As for deaths, Cambria reported 14 more, while Centre and Somerset each reported four more.
Bedford reported three more deaths, Blair and Elk reported two more deaths and Clearfield and Jefferson each reported one more death.
According to the Department of Health, 3,416,372 patients have tested negative for the virus.