The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported an increase of 8,992 new coronavirus cases in the state Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 640,325 throughout all 67 counties since the beginning of the pandemic.
Sixty-seven percent of the state’s total cases are considered to be recovered.
State health officials also reported 306 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Pennsylvania’s death toll to 15,978.
According to the Department of Health’s hospital dashboard, 5,962 people are hospitalized with the virus across Pennsylvania and and 1,178 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 51,944 confirmed cases in our 10-county viewing area since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health, and 938 deaths.
Five-hundred sixty new cases and 24 more deaths were reported in our viewing area.
Cambria reported an increase of 120 new cases, Somerset reported 103, Centre and Clearfield each reported 67, Elk reported 62, Blair reported 59, Bedford and Huntingdon each reported 30, Jefferson reported 16 and Cameron reported six new cases.
As for deaths, Cambria reported 7 additional, Cameron, Clearfield and Somerset each reported 3, Bedford, Blair and Huntingdon each reported 2 and Centre and Jefferson each reported one more death.
According to the Department of Health, 3,265,129 patients have tested negative for the virus.