The percent-positivity rate of COVID-19 infections in Schuylkill County dropped nearly 2% in the last week.
According to information released Monday from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, the percent-positivity rate of COVID in Schuylkill County is 9.2%. That’s higher than the statewide average of 7% but less than the 11.1% reported by the state in Schuylkill County last Monday.
The statewide average rose from 6% to 7% in the last week.
Schuylkill County Now Has 12th Highest Percent-Positivity Rate of COVID in Pennsylvania
Last week, Schuylkill County had the 3rd highest percent-positivity rate in Pennsylvania, behind Bradford (12.4%) and Armstrong (11.9%) counties.
On Monday, the percent-positivity rate locally is 9.2% and Schuylkill County is 1 of 52 counties in Pennsylvania with a rate higher than 5%.
The percent-positivity measures the rate at which COVID-19 tests come back with a positive result.
“That’s how we know the increase is not just due to increased testing. It’s due to increased cases of COVID-19,” Health Sect. Rachel Levine said Monday.
The relatively high percent-positivity rate in Schuylkill County means, according to the state’s definition, that there is a “substantial level of community transmission” of COVID-19.
A total of 116 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in Schuylkill County. Currently, there are 32 Schuylkill County residents hospitalized with COVID-19 complications. Two of them are on ventilators.
Highest Percent-Positivity Rate of COVID-19, By Pennsylvania County (Nov. 9, 2020)
Here are the Pennsylvania counties with the highest percent-positivity rates, as reported by the Dept. of Health on November 9, 2020:
- Bedord (17.5%)
- Indiana (14)
- Armstrong (13.1)
- Franklin (12.3)
- Lawrence (12.2)
- Bradford (12.1)
- Wyoming (12)
- Venango (11.8)
- Juniata (9.7)
- Huntingdon (9.5)
- Mifflin (9.5)
- Schuylkill (9.2)
- Philadelphia (9.1)
- Fulton (8.8)
- Elk (8.4)
- Lebanon (8.4)
- Monroe (8.2)
- Butler (8.1)
- Blair (8)
- Luzerne (7.9)
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