The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported an increase of 9,643 new coronavirus cases in the state Friday, bringing the statewide total to 834,048 throughout all 67 counties since the beginning of the pandemic.
Eighty-one 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 159 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Pennsylvania’s death toll to 21,462.
According to the Department of Health’s hospital dashboard, 3,586 people are hospitalized with the virus across Pennsylvania and and 699 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 63,624 confirmed cases in our 10-county viewing area since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health, and 1,798 deaths.
Three hundred and six new cases and 14 more deaths were reported in our viewing area Friday.
Cambria reported 63 more cases, Centre reported 60, Blair reported 44, Clearfield reported 37, Somerset reported 28, Bedford reported 18, Elk reported 18, Huntingdon reported 22, Jefferson reported 14 and Cameron reported two.
As for deaths, Blair reported four more, while Cambria, Centre, Clearfield and Somerset each reported two more.
Bedford and Jefferson reported one more death each.
According to the Department of Health, 3,611,366 patients have tested negative for the virus.