As fall surge rages on, Pennsylvania passes 300,000 total cases of COVID-19

Hospitalizations are also on the rise.

  • Lisa Wardle

Pennsylvania has marked another grim milestone: more than 300,000 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The Pennsylvania Department of Health today reported a total of 302,564 cases after weeks of multiple record-setting daily increases.

It took more than four months for the state to accumulate its first 100,000 cases of COVID-19, a milestone passed on July 18. Today’s news comes less than a month after Pennsylvania surpassed 200,000 cases, on Oct. 28.

While testing has increased from levels seen in the spring, this drastic rise in cases isn’t entirely the result of additional testing. The state’s positivity rate — the percentage of tests coming back positive — was 9.6% for the week of Nov. 6 to 12, indicating rapid spread of infections. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine has urged residents to spend Thanksgiving with their own household instead of participating in larger holiday gatherings.

 

Hospitalizations are also on the rise, according to the department’s COVID-19 dashboard. The state reported 3,294 hospitalized COVID-19 patients today — that’s nearly twice as many serious cases of the illness as the state had two weeks ago. More than 700 patients are being treated in intensive care units.

Here’s a glance at trends in central Pennsylvania:

  • Cumberland County reported 58 hospitalized COVID-19 patients today, compared to 16 two weeks ago.
  • Dauphin County has 68 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, compared to 40 two weeks ago.
  • Lancaster County has 97 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, compared to 61 two weeks ago.
  • York County has 123 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, compared to 65 two weeks ago.

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