The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported an increase of 5,341 new coronavirus cases in the state Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 777,186 throughout all 67 counties since the beginning of the pandemic.
Seventy-seven percent of the state’s total cases are considered to be recovered.
Health officials also reported the state’s first COVID-19 variant case on Jan. 7 in Dauphin County.
State health officials also reported 77 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Pennsylvania’s death toll to 19,467.
According to the Department of Health’s hospital dashboard, 4,582 people are hospitalized with the virus across Pennsylvania and and 950 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 60,681 confirmed cases in our 10 county viewing area since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health, and 1,257 deaths.
Three hundred twenty six new cases and nineteen more deaths were reported in our viewing area.
Cambria reported an increase of 73 new cases, Centre reported 67, Blair reported 40, Elk reported 36, Clearfield reported 32, Somerset reported 25, Huntingdon reported 20, Jefferson reported 18, Bedford reported 11 and Cameron reported four new cases.
As for deaths, Cambria reported 6 additional, Somerset reported 3, Blair, Centre, Clearfield and Huntingdon each reported 2, and Bedford and Jefferson each reported one more death.
According to the Department of Health, 3,494,279 patients have tested negative for the virus.