The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported an increase of 5,785 new coronavirus cases in the state Saturday, bringing the statewide total to 799,957 throughout all 67 counties since the beginning of the pandemic.
Seventy-nine 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 205 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Pennsylvania’s death toll to 20,526.
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 61,968 confirmed cases in our 10-county viewing area since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health, and 1,523 deaths.
Three-hundred eighteen new cases and nineteen more deaths were reported in our viewing area.
Centre reported an increase of 74 new cases, Cambria reported 61, Blair reported 58, Somerset reported 29, Clearfield reported 28, Jefferson reported 21, Bedford reported 19, Elk reported 14, Huntingdon reported 13 and Cameron reported one new case.
As for deaths, Somerset reported 5 additional, Blair reported 4, Huntingdon reported 3, Centre and Clearfield each reported 2 and Cambria, Cameron and Elk each reported one more death.
According to the Department of Health, 3,546,910 patients have tested negative for the virus.