The Morning Call (Sunday)

Record case count for Lehigh County

- By Christine Schiavo Senior content editor Christine Schiavo can be reached at 610-5081551 or cschiavo@mcall.com. Senior journalist Eugene Tauber contribute­d to this report.

The Pennsylvan­ia Health Department reported a second day of more than 10,000 new coronaviru­s cases, with 10,045 on Saturday. And Lehigh County set a record, with morethan50­0new cases.

Those numbers also reflect an increase in testing, including a drive-thru site set up last week at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown that enabled even people without symptoms to be tested for the virus.

Todate, there have been 713,310 infections statewide since the start of the pandemic.

Here are more details from the daily update:

Deaths

Overall: 273 more people have died of the coronaviru­s, compared to 215 the day before. That brings the total to 17,667. People who lived in long-term care facilities account for more than half of the deaths.

Hospitaliz­ations

On Saturday afternoon, nearly 5,300 people in the state were hospitaliz­ed with the virus, with about 1 in 5 in intensive care, including 611 people on ventilator­s.

Lehigh Valley

Cases: 864 new cases (527 in Lehigh County, 337 in Northampto­n County), compared to 673 the day before. That brings the total to 23,322. The previous record number of cases for Lehigh County was 484, set on Dec. 4.

Deaths: 15 more people have died from the virus (eight in Lehigh, seven in Northampto­n County), compared to 13 the day before. That brings the total to 1,033.

Other developmen­ts

In Pennsylvan­ia, 223,025 doses of the coronaviru­s vaccine have been administer­ed.

On Friday, the state unveiled an updated coronaviru­s vaccine rollout plan. Next to receive the vaccine will be people over age 75, those with significan­t health issues, first responders, correction­s officers and other essential front-line workers.

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