UPDATE 97 COVID deaths statewide, highest total since late February | Coronavirus

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State health officials recorded 97 COVID-19-related deaths on Wednesday, the highest single-day total in more than seven months.

The Ministry of Health has registered 4,570 new cases, the ninth consecutive day with at least 3,000 new cases and the eighth during this period with more than 4,000.

The 97 deaths announced on Wednesday correspond to the February 23 total. In the past two days, DOH officials have recorded 172 deaths statewide. A COVID-related death has been reported in Northumberland County, the fifth death in the county last week.

Across the region, there have been 81 new cases, including 40 in Northumberland County, 19 in Snyder, 13 in Union and nine in Montour. There were at least 50 new cases in the valley in 27 out of 29 days in September.

There were six new cases in Valley nursing homes in Wednesday’s update, two resident cases each in Montour, Snyder and Union counties. There have been 2,262 cases linked to long-term care facilities in the valley since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Pennsylvania’s 67 counties have high levels of community transmission of COVID, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which means they all see at least 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the previous seven days.

Sixty-six of 67 counties reported new cases on Tuesday – Sullivan County saw one case deleted as the state reconciles testing data – with 17 reporting at least 100 new cases. Allegheny County had 417 new cases, while Lancaster and Philadelphia counties both had more than 200.

State health officials have reported that more than 12.7 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Pennsylvania. The latest data shows that 68.6% of Pennsylvanians over 18 are fully vaccinated. In the Valley, 86,904 inhabitants are fully vaccinated.

Hospitalizations

As of noon as of Wednesday, there were 2,843 patients in hospitals in Pennsylvania with symptoms of COVID-19, up 65 from Tuesday. Hospitalizations have increased by more than 1,000 this month; there were 1,835 hospital patients on September 1.

As of July 13, the number of COVID patients hospitalized statewide was 243.

Of those hospitalized, 681 were being treated in intensive care units (ICUs) – up 15 – and 376 were being treated on ventilators, up 20 from Tuesday.

Among 105 patients undergoing treatment at Valley medical facilities for COVID-19 – down five from Tuesday – there were 24 patients in Geisinger’s intensive care units in Danville, eight at the Evangelical Community Hospital near from Lewisburg and none at Geisinger-Shamokin.

Geisinger’s location in Danville also treated 13 ventilator patients.

At Geisinger’s main campus in Danville, there were 63 COVID-19 positive patients. There were 28 patients at Evangelical and 14 at Geisinger-Shamokin.

According to the Evangelical Hospital, 20 of the 28 hospitalized patients are not vaccinated, of which seven out of eight are treated in intensive care.

On the campus

Bucknell University reports 20 active campus cases in its update Wednesday morning. According to the university’s scorecard, 14 students and 6 staff are positive.

The university reports that 10 students are isolated, 97.7% of students are vaccinated and 94.4% of the campus community are vaccinated.

In Susquehanna, there are five active cases: three students and two staff. The university reports that 95.4 percent of the campus community are vaccinated, including 96 percent of students.

Prisons, public establishments

There are 15 active COVID cases in federal and state prisons in the valley according to the state Department of Corrections and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

On Wednesday, the state reported nine cases of staff at the state prison – down from one – as well as one new active inmate case. Statewide, there have been 45 inmate cases. There have been 117 staffing cases statewide, including 29 at SCI Cambria.

There were five active cases in Union County jails. There are two inmate cases at the Allenwood Low Security Unit, as well as one Medium Security Unit staff case and two other staff cases at USP-Allenwod. There were no active cases at USP Lewisburg.

USP Lewisburg and USP Allenwood both remained in Level 3 of the Bureau of Prison’s (BOP) COVID changes on Wednesday. The changes are based on the facilities’ COVID-19 medical isolation rate, the combined percentage of staff and inmates who have completed the round of vaccinations and their respective transmission rates across counties.

At each level, an infection prevention procedure or a change in operations such as inmate programs and services can be made to mitigate the risk and spread of COVID-19 in accordance with BOP pandemic guidelines. The BOP pandemic guidelines follow and incorporate guidelines and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Department of Justice, and established medical best practices.

The BOP reported that 94 of 98 federal prisons were in Level 3 modifications.

There are now 19 cases of active staff at the Selinsgrove Center, an increase of 11 in one day, according to the Department of Human Services. The state report still included fewer than five cases among residents and the 19 staff cases.

At the North Central Secure Treatment Unit juvenile institution in Danville, there is a case among residents of the girls’ units. There are no cases among boys or staff at either facility.

There were less than five cases of employees at Danville State Hospital and no cases among clients.


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