70 more in Pennsylvania hospitalized with COVID-19; state adds 5,950 cases, 146 deaths | Coronavirus – Community News
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70 more in Pennsylvania hospitalized with COVID-19; state adds 5,950 cases, 146 deaths | Coronavirus

State Health officials reported that an additional 70 Pennsylvania residents and 13 more Valley residents had been hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Thanksgiving morning.

According to the data, released daily around noon by the Department of Health (DOH), there were 3,456 state residents and 161 Valley residents who were receiving treatment for the disease.

The state also reported 5,950 new infections statewide, the 10th straight day with more than 5,000 new infections.

The state also reported 146 new deaths related to COVID-19. It was the fourth time this month with at least that many deaths. November 2021 is the seventh deadliest month of the now 21-month pandemic.

The Valley saw six new deaths from COVID-19, the largest single-day increase since May 15. Three residents of Union County, two residents of Northumberland County, and one resident of Snyder County died from complications of the disease.

The Valley also reported 78 new cases, the 10th consecutive day with at least that many, including 33 in Northumberland County, 17 in Snyder, 16 in Union and 12 in Montour County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties continued to see substantial community transmission of the disease, equating to at least 100 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days. Nationally, 74.15 percent of counties had high transmission speeds. The CDC reported that 2.33 percent of rural counties reported low transmission.

State health officials reported that all 67 counties had at least one new case on Thursday. Twenty-seven counties reported at least 100 new cases in the latest state data, and 10 had at least 200.

In Pennsylvania, 68.9 percent of residents 18 years of age or older are fully vaccinated, and local facilities are planning smaller doses of the COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11. State health officials also announced on Monday that more than 15 million doses of vaccine have been administered, including 1.4 million boosters.

hospital admissionsAs of 12 noon on Thursday, hospital admissions for COVID-19 had increased by 830 in the past 11 days. It’s the highest number of hospitalizations in the entire state since cases began to fall last spring.

Of those hospitalized statewide, 764 were treated in intensive care units (ICUs), an increase of eight, and 441 were treated on ventilators, down eight.

According to data provided by the state, there were 161 patients being treated for COVID-19 at Valley’s medical facilities on Thursday. There were 32 patients in intensive care at Geisinger in Danville, seven at Evangelical Community Hospital and six at Geisinger-Shamokin.

Geisinger’s location in Danville also handled 21 ventilators and Evangelical handled two.

At Geisinger’s main campus in Danville, there were 98 COVID-19-positive patients, an increase of 11. There were 39 at Evangelical, the same as reported Wednesday, and 24 at Geisinger Shamokin, an increase of two.

Prisons, State InstitutionsThere were 36 active COVID cases at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) in Coal Township on Thursday, the same number as reported Wednesday. There were 182 statewide staff cases and 206 active prisoner cases statewide, an increase of one. Of the 36 cases at SCI-Coal Township, 26 were inmates; there were also 10 human resources in the prison.

At the US Penitentiary (USP) in Lewisburg, there was one active inmate case and no human resources case, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. At the low security unit in Allenwood, there are two prisoner cases, along with a staff case. No cases have been reported to USP Allenwood or its medium security unit.

According to the State Department of Human Services (DHS), there were no cases among individuals receiving services and six human resources at the Selinsgrove Center. The DHS does not specify numbers when they are less than five to avoid patient identification.

There were fewer than five staff and no client cases at Danville State Hospital.

At the North Central Secure Treatment Unit, there were six youth units in the girls’ facility and five human resources units. There were no youth or human resources in the boys facility.


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