The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported an increase of 5,664 new coronavirus cases in the state Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 788,834 throughout all 67 counties since the beginning of the pandemic.
Seventy-eight 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 260 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Pennsylvania’s death toll to 20,128.
According to the Department of Health’s hospital dashboard, 4,758 people are hospitalized with the virus across Pennsylvania and and 851 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 61,360 confirmed cases in our 10-county viewing area since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health, and 1,311 deaths.
Three hundred and twenty-one new cases and 24 more deaths were reported in our viewing area Thursday.
Clearfield reported 58 new cases, Centre reported 51, Cambria reported 49, Blair reported 48, Huntingdon reported 38, Jefferson reported 28, Somerset reported 25, Elk reported 14 and Bedford reported 10.
As for deaths, Cambria reported seven and Centre reported four.
Huntingdon and Somerset each reported three while Bedford and Clearfield each reported two.
Blair, Elk and Jefferson each reported one more death.
According to the Department of Health, 3,507,092 patients have tested negative for the virus.