The Morning Call (Sunday)

Schuylkill County sets daily record; Pa. hospitaliz­ations drop

- By Anthony Salamone Senior journalist Eugene Tauber contribute­d to this report.

The Pennsylvan­ia Health Department reported 7,714 newcases of the coronaviru­s on Friday and 9,253 Saturday, bringing the two-day total to 16,967.

While the statewide daily case numbers are creeping up, hospitaliz­ations are down about 16% from a peak on Dec. 16 of 6,346. To date, there have been 657,292 infections statewide since the start of the pandemic in March.

Additional­ly, Schuylkill County set a one-day record Saturday for new cases, with 363.

Here are details from the daily update, which includes informatio­n for Saturday and New Year’s Day.

Deaths

Overall: 261 new deaths, for a total of 16,239. The Lehigh Valley recorded 15 more deaths during the two days, for a total of 949.

Senior care: 132 new deaths in nursing or personal care facilities, which brings the total to 9,004.

Hospitaliz­ations

Some 5,460 people were hospitaliz­ed as of Saturday afternoon, compared to 5,624 Friday. On each of those days, more than 600 people were on ventilator­s.

In the Lehigh Valley, 432 people were hospitaliz­ed on Saturday, 385 in Lehigh

County and 47 in Northampto­n County.

Testing

The overall positive rate is nowat 15%. Some 3.29 million people have tested negative.

Lehigh Valley

Cases: 618 new cases Friday, 754 new cases Saturday, bringing the total to 1,372 (759 in in Lehigh County and 613 in Northampto­n County).

Deaths: 13 newdeaths Friday and two on Saturday (eight in Lehigh and seven in Northampto­n).

Other developmen­ts

As of New Year’s Day, 128,800 doses of the vaccine have been administer­ed statewide.

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