New coronavirus cases jumped in Pennsylvania in the week ending Sunday, rising 29.7% as 8,345 cases were reported. The previous week had 6,435 new cases of the virus causing COVID-19.
Pennsylvania ranked number 23 among the states where coronavirus spread most rapidly on a per-person basis, according to a U.S. TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. In the past week, coronavirus cases in the United States decreased by 10% compared to the week before, with 225,931 reported cases. With 3.85% of the country’s population, Pennsylvania had 3.69% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 31 states had more cases in the past week than they had in the week before.
Lawrence County reported 18 cases and two deaths in the past week. One week earlier, it had reported 17 cases and zero deaths. During the entire pandemic, it has reported 18,961 cases and 414 deaths.
Beaver County reported 68 cases and two deaths in the past week. One week earlier, it had reported 52 cases and five deaths. During the entire pandemic, it has reported 40,210 cases and 739 deaths.
Within Pennsylvania, the worst weekly outbreaks were per. person in Bradford County with 267 cases per 100,000 pr. week; Susquehanna County with 149; and Tioga County with 123. Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per year. 100,000 a week.
Adding the most new cases overall was Philadelphia County, with 1,262 cases; Allegheny County, with 1,072 cases; and Montgomery County, by 813. Weekly cases increased in 48 counties over the previous week. The worst increases from the previous week’s pace were in Allegheny, Montgomery and Bucks counties.
Pennsylvania ranked 13th among states in the proportion of people who received at least one shot, with 84.5% of the population at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 77.3%, shows a US TODAY analysis of CDC data. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most widely used in the United States, require two doses to be administered every few weeks.
In the week ending Sunday, Pennsylvania reported having administered an additional 91,966 vaccine doses, including 26,753 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 101,833 vaccine doses, including 30,234 first doses. In total, Pennsylvania reported that it has administered 22,574,931 total doses.
Across Pennsylvania, cases dropped in 16 counties, with the best drop in Erie County, with 90 cases from 125 a week earlier; in Adams County, with 45 cases out of 67; and in Pike County, with 59 cases from 81.
In Pennsylvania, 64 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 111 people were reported dead.
A total of 2,797,607 people in Pennsylvania have been tested positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 44,488 people have died from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In the United States, 80,632,301 people tested positive and 988,618 people died.
Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 hospital admissions are rising
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data from Sunday, April 17th.
Likely COVID patients admitted to the state:
- Last week: 2,867
- The week before: 2,773
- Four weeks ago: 2,900
Likely COVID patients admitted to the country:
- Last week: 38,545
- The week before: 37,371
- Four weeks ago: 41,914
Hospitals in 22 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 15 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive care units. Hospitals in 32 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the past week than a week before, the U.S. TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
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