State of COVID-19 hospitalizations up 1,250 in last 16 days; Valley adds 123 new cases | Coronavirus – Community News
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State of COVID-19 hospitalizations up 1,250 in last 16 days; Valley adds 123 new cases | Coronavirus

According to data released by the Ministry of Health, more than 140 new patients across the country were admitted with COVID-19 for the second consecutive day.

The 142 new patients followed an increase of 141 on Monday. Since November 14, the number of hospital admissions in the state has increased by 1,250.

In the Valley, the total rose for the third straight day with one new case at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, according to state data. 178 patients have been admitted to Geisinger in Danville, Geisinger Shamokin and Evangelical.

There were also 123 new infections in Valley counties, the 16th time this month, with 100 or more new daily infections. Northumberland County reported 72 new infections and one of two new COVID-19-related deaths reported in the Valley. The other death was in Snyder County, which had 18 new cases, the same number of new cases as Union County. Montour County reported 15 new cases.

Statewide, 113 new COVID-19-related deaths were reported. The state had an average of 65.5 deaths a day this month, the seventh deadliest month of the now 21-month pandemic. The total of 1,967 deaths this month is 396 more than in November 2020.

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, representing at least 100 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days. Nationally, 65.21 percent of counties had high transmission speeds and 5.49 percent had low rates.

In Pennsylvania, 69.2 percent of residents 18 or older are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC, and local facilities are planning smaller doses of the COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11.

According to the DOH dashboard, 15.3 million vaccines have been administered statewide, including 1.5 million boosters.

hospital admissions

The DOH reported that 3,876 Pennsylvania residents were treated in hospitals. On November 14, that number was 2,626. Of those patients hospitalized statewide, 873 were treated in intensive care units (ICUs) — an increase of 37 and an increase of 57 in two days — and 498 were on a ventilator — an increase of 15. Both numbers rose for at least the fifth consecutive day.

In the Valley, Evangelical Community Hospital treated 59 patients. The total there has increased by 20 since Friday.

There were 38 patients in intensive care at Geisinger in Danville, five at Evangelical Community Hospital and nine at Geisinger-Shamokin.

Geisinger’s location in Danville handled 25 ventilators and Evangelical handled four.

At Geisinger’s main campus in Danville, there were 99 COVID-19 positive patients for the fourth consecutive day. There were 20 at Geisinger Shamokin, also for the fourth consecutive day.

Prisons, State Institutions

There were 18 new cases at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) in Coal Township on Tuesday, bringing the total to 54 – 42 inmates and 12 staff members. There were 210 statewide staff cases and 252 active detainee cases statewide.

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. The low-security unit at Allenwood had five cases of prisoners, along with two staff cases, an increase of one. There were two staff cases at USP Allenwood – an increase of one – and none at the medium-security unit there.

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, both unchanged since Thursday.

There were fewer than five staff cases and no client cases at Danville State Hospital for at least the sixth consecutive day. The DHS does not specify numbers when they are less than five to avoid patient identification.

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. Both sets of numbers were the same as reported since Saturday.