The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported an increase of 5,984 new coronavirus cases in the state Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 783,170 throughout all 67 counties since the beginning of the pandemic.
Seventy-seven 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 Jan. 7 in Dauphin County.
State health officials also reported 401 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Pennsylvania’s death toll to 19,868.
According to the Department of Health, seventy-eight percent of the deaths occurred over the past 10 days, the remainder of deaths reported Wednesday occurred in late December and early January.
According to the Department of Health’s hospital dashboard, 4,882 people are hospitalized with the virus across Pennsylvania and and 889 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 61,039 confirmed cases in our 10-county viewing area since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health, and 1,287 deaths.
Three hundred fifty-eight new cases and 30 more deaths were reported in our viewing area.
Cambria reported an increase of 79 new cases Wednesday, Blair reported 56, Centre reported 55, Clearfield reported 46, Somerset reported 46, Huntingdon reported 19, Jefferson reported 19, Elk reported 13, Bedford reported 20, and Cameron reported five.
As for deaths, Blair reported seven more, Cambria reported six while Somerset and Bedford both reported four more.
Centre, Clearfield, Elk and Jefferson each reported two more deaths while Huntingdon reported one.
According to the Department of Health, 3,494,279 patients have tested negative for the virus.