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DOH COVID-19 Update

The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard showed an increase of 3,226 new coronavirus cases in the state Monday, bringing the statewide total to 665,097 throughout all 67 counties since the beginning of the pandemic.

Dr. Rachel Levine noted in a press conference Monday morning that the total number of new cases was abnormally low due to some changes the Department of Health has made to their data tracking tools.

Levine said she expects Tuesday’s reported cases to be somewhat higher than normal.

Sixty-nine percent of the state’s total cases are considered to be recovered.

State health officials also reported 66 more coronavirus-related deaths Monday, bringing Pennsylvania’s death toll to 16,361, according to the dashboard.

According to the Department of Health’s hospital dashboard, 5,630 people are hospitalized with the virus across Pennsylvania and and 1,182 are in the Intensive Care Unit.

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

There have been 53,727 confirmed cases in our 10-county viewing area since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health, and 1,180 deaths.

Two hundred and eleven new cases and two more deaths were reported in our viewing area.

Blair County reported 54 new cases, Somerset County reported 41, Centre County reported 34, Cambria County reported 18, Jefferson County reported 17, Clearfield County reported 15, Bedford County reported 14, Huntingdon County reported 11, Elk County reported five and Cameron County reported two.

As for deaths, Blair and Somerset counties reported one more death each.

According to the Department of Health, 3,301,186 patients have tested negative for the virus.

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