Pennsylvania COVID-19 levels reach highest hospitalization rate since May

Pennsylvania COVID-19 levels reach highest hospitalization rate since May

The Pennsylvania Department of Health said Saturday that the state has reached levels of COVID-19 hospitalizations not seen since May, when they were at their highest.

In the state, there are 3,162 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the Health Department. Of those, 661 patients are in the intensive care unit. Most of the patients hospitalized are 65 or older.

The trend in the 14-day moving average of number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 1,900 since the end of September, the release stated.

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There were also 112 news deaths statewide reported for a total of 9,801 deaths attributed to COVID-19, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older, according to the release.

There were 6. 778 additional positive cases in the state, bringing the statewide total to 302,564. Statewide percent positivity for the week of Nov. 6-12 stood at 9.6 percent.

The number of tests administered within the last seven days between Nov. 14 and Nov. 20 is 400,253 with 41,399 positive cases. There were 58,950 PCR test results reported to the department. There are 11,852 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 643 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

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