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Pennsylvania reporting 16.2% positivity rate, more than 60,000 new cases statewide last week

PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania saw a seven-day case increase of 60,412 cases last week and a statewide percent positivity of 16.2%, according to Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine.

Every county in the state has a concerning percent positivity above five percent. All 67 counties across the state now have substantial transmission status.

The news comes as UPMC got the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Today is a new chapter in this fight,” Levine said.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health Monday reported there were 7,962 new cases, in addition to 10,684 new cases reported Sunday, for a two-day total of 18,646 additional positive cases of COVID-19. This brings the statewide total to 499,764.

There are 5,970 people hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 1,227 patients are in the intensive care unit.

There were also 201 new deaths reported Monday, and 129 new deaths reported on Sunday for a total of 12,565 deaths across the state.

There are now a total of 12,565 deaths attributed to COVID-19 across Pennsylvania.

Coronavirus cases in Allegheny County continue to rise with 1,647 new cases being reported in the last 48 hours, according to the Allegheny County Health Department.

Twenty-six positive tests are more than a week old, with test dates ranging from Oct. 20 to Dec. 13.

New cases range in age from 2 weeks to 100 years old.

Five additional deaths were also reported in Allegheny County, with the dates of death ranging from Nov. 27 to Dec. 12. Of those deaths, One person was in their 60s, three people were in their 70s, and one person was in their 80s. Three deaths were associated with long-term care facilities.

Since March 14, there have been 40,874 cases of COVID-19 in Allegheny County, 2,537 hospitalizations and 665 deaths.