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Dad. COVID-19 speed moves in a bad direction

Pennsylvania registered a 10.3% positivity rate for COVID-19 testing for the seven days ending Thursday, a disappointing uptick in a major virus barometer.

The latest figure is one percentage point more than the previous week, and more than double the percentage of 5% considered the threshold for significant spread of COVID-19.

Also, during the seven days ending Thursday, Pennsylvania registered about 2,600 more COVID-19 cases than during the previous week, according to newly posted state data.

The numbers show that the Pennsylvania wave that started around July 4 continues to follow a choppy path.

The rise halted the sharp upward trend more than a month ago at about half the level of last winter’s rise, which eventually led to more than 200 deaths a day. But it has yet to show the abrupt decline that followed previous spikes, and fueling concerns could rise again as cold weather keeps Pennsylvania residents indoors and they gather over the holidays.

The state’s health department reported 10,848 new COVID-19 infections for Wednesday and Thursday, with daily totals surpassing Pennsylvania’s recent seven-day average.

A positive trend is that hospital admissions and the number of people on ventilators are decreasing further.

Early Friday, hospitals in Pennsylvania took care of 2,609 COVID-19 patients, up from more than 3,000 a few weeks ago.

The state reported 91 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, bringing Pennsylvania’s pandemic toll to 32,279.

The state said in its daily update Friday that 72.8% of Pennsylvania residents age 18 or older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, surpassing the national average of 70%.

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