The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard showed an increase of 8,818 new coronavirus cases in the state Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 673,915 throughout all 67 counties since the beginning of the pandemic.
Dr. Rachel Levine noted in a press conference Monday morning that she expected Tuesday’s reported cases to be somewhat higher than normal due to some changes the Department of Health has made to their data tracking tools.
Seventy percent of the state’s total cases are considered to be recovered.
State health officials also reported 185 more coronavirus-related deaths Tuesday, bringing Pennsylvania’s death toll to 16,546, according to the dashboard.
According to the Department of Health’s hospital dashboard, 5,684 people are hospitalized with the virus across Pennsylvania and and 1,148 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 54,194 confirmed cases in our 10-county viewing area since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health, and 1,189 deaths.
Four hundred and sixty-seven new cases and nine more deaths were reported in our viewing area.
Cambria County reported 79 more cases Tuesday, Clearfield County reported 75, Blair County reported 70, Centre County reported 66, Somerset County reported 53, Elk County reported 42, Huntingdon County reported 34, Bedford County reported 23, Jefferson County reported 22 and Cameron County reported three.
As far as deaths, Cambria County reported three.
Bedford, Blair, Centre, Elk, Jefferson and Somerset counties reported one more death each.
According to the Department of Health, 3,315,134 patients have tested negative for the virus.