The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard showed an increase of 9,698 new coronavirus cases in the state Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 693,087 throughout all 67 counties since the beginning of the pandemic.
Seventy-two percent of the state’s total cases are considered to be recovered.
Health officials also reported the state’s first COVID-19 variant case on Thursday.
State health officials also reported 265 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Pennsylvania’s death toll to 17,179, according to the dashboard.
According to the Department of Health’s hospital dashboard, 5,613 people are hospitalized with the virus across Pennsylvania and and 1,120 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 55,395 confirmed cases in our 10-county viewing area since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health, and 1,235 deaths.
Six-hundred sixteen new cases, and fourteen more deaths were reported in our viewing area.
Cambria reported an increase of 128 new cases, Blair reported 98, Centre reported 96, Clearfield reported 88, Somerset reported 67, Huntingdon reported 51, Bedford reported 34, Jefferson reported 31, Elk reported 15 and Cameron reported eight new cases.
As for deaths, Cambria reported 5 additional, Somerset reported 3, Blair reported 2 and Bedford, Centre, Clearfield and Huntingdon each reported one more death.
According to the Department of Health, 3,337,716 patients have tested negative for the virus.