State health officials registered 1,336 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, marking the fifth day in a row with at least 1,200 and eight times in 10 days with at least 1,050.
The state’s seven-day rolling average of new cases now stands at 1,162. It has been rising for five days in a row.
Locally, there were seven new cases: Three in Northumberland, two in Snyder and one each in Union and Montour counties.
Pennsylvania infections have risen 38 percent and the number of deaths has dropped by 33 percent over the past week, according to data tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Johns Hopkins University. Across the country, hospitalizations associated with coronavirus have increased by five percent. Nationwide, the number of cases increased by 26 percent, while deaths decreased by 1 percent. At the national level, admissions were unchanged in the last week.
There were 14 deaths across the country associated with coronavirus on Saturday. There were no deaths in the valley associated with COVID. There have been no local deaths during the last eight days due to complications from COVID.
Sixty-four of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties had low levels of COVID-19 – including all four in the valley – according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated Friday. For the sixth week in a row, there were no counties in Pennsylvania that recorded high levels of COVID-19; Susquehanna, Sullivan and Bradford counties have medium levels. At the national level, there were 14 counties with high levels of COVID, 175 with medium and 3,035 with low.
CDC looks at the combination of three measurements – new COVID-19 admissions per. 100,000 inhabitants within the last 7 days, the percentage of staffed beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and total new COVID-19 cases per. 100,000 inhabitants in the past 7 days – to determine the COVID-19 community level.
The CDC reported Saturday that 77.5 percent of Pennsylvania residents 18 and older were fully vaccinated, while 68 percent of all residents were fully vaccinated.
As of Saturday noon, there were 440 COVID admissions across the country, a decrease of 1 from Friday. It was the second time in five days that state-wide COVID admissions fell. Since April 9, COVID-19 admissions across the country have increased by 32.
There were 53 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), four falls for the second day in a row, and 29 breathed using fans, a fall of 10.
There were 13 patients admitted locally. There were 12 patients at Geisinger in Danville, one at Geisinger Shamokin and none at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg. One day ago, there were 13 patients at Geisinger, none at Geisinger Shamokin and one at Evangelical.
One patient at Geisinger Shamokin was in the intensive care unit. None of the patients in the valley were on a respirator.
State facilities, prisons
As of Saturday morning, the Department of Human Services reported at least one case among employees at the Selinsgrove Center. The state does not release specific totals if there are fewer than five cases.
There are no active cases at Danville State Hospital or any of the male or female units at the North Central Secure Treatment Unit.
At the state prison institution in Coal Township, there were also no active cases, according to the state Department of Corrections. Across the country, there were 11 incarcerated cases and a further 21 personnel cases. Five prisons across the country had inmates’ cases from Saturday morning, while 13 prisons had staff infections.
Federal prisons in Lewisburg and Allenwood were at level 1 operational levels of COVID reduction, the lowest level of change in the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ remedial plans. This means that prisons have resumed normal operation, while inmates and staff wear masks indoors. There were no cases in any of the valley’s federal prisons.
As of Saturday morning, there were 53 federal prisons at the national level at level 1 (the lowest), 23 were at level 2 and 22 were at level 3.
The institution’s operational levels (level 1, level 2 or level 3) are based on the facilities’ COVID-19 medical isolation rate, combined percentage of staff and inmates completed vaccination series and their respective county transfer rates.