The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported an increase of 5,874 new coronavirus cases in the state Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 818,369 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 222 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Pennsylvania’s death toll to 21,105.
According to the Department of Health’s hospital dashboard, 3,768 people are hospitalized with the virus across Pennsylvania and and 759 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 63,060 confirmed cases in our 10-county viewing area since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health, and 1,774 deaths.
Three hundred and ninety-six new cases and 22 more deaths were reported in our viewing area Wednesday.
Centre reported 124 more cases, Cambria reported 49, Somerset reported 44, Blair reported 43, Clearfield reported 43, Bedford reported 42, Elk reported 21, Jefferson reported 21, Cameron reported five and Huntingdon reported four.
As for deaths, Somerset reported five more, while Clearfield and Huntingdon each reported four more.
Blair, Cambria and Centre each reported two more and Bedford, Elk and Jefferson reported one more death each.
According to the Department of Health, 3,590,184 patients have tested negative for the virus.