The Morning Call (Sunday)
Record case count for Lehigh County
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.