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DOH COVID-19 Update

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported an increase of 5,338 new coronavirus cases in the state Friday, bringing the statewide total to 794,172 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 193 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Pennsylvania’s death toll to 20,321.

According to the Department of Health’s hospital dashboard, 4,169 people are hospitalized with the virus across Pennsylvania and and 822 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 61,650 confirmed cases in our 10-county viewing area since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health, and 1,504 deaths.

Two-hundred and ninety new cases and 16 more deaths were reported in our viewing area Friday.

Cambria reported 69 new cases, Blair reported 60, Centre reported 43, Clearfield reported 35, Elk reported 21, Somerset reported 20, Jefferson reported 18, Bedford reported 11, Huntingdon reported 10 and Cameron reported three.

As for deaths, Blair and Clearfield each reported four more while Jefferson reported three.

Cambria, Huntingdon and Somerset each reported another death.

According to the Department of Health, 3,533,761 patients have tested negative for the virus.

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