After dropping for a week, the percent-positivity rate of COVID-19 cases in Schuylkill County rose 3.5% in the last week.
According to new data from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, the rate of positive COVID cases in Schuylkill County was 12.7% last week. The week prior, it was 9.2%.
The rate over the last 7 days is 11th highest in Pennsylvania and the state considers the transmission rate of COVID in Schuylkill County as Substantial. Only 7 counties in Pennsylvania aren’t labeled in the Substantial risk category.
State health officials consider any percent-positive rate over 5% to be concerning.
Here are the Pennsylvania counties with the highest percent-positive rate:
- Juniata (21.1%)
- Bedford (19.7)
- Mifflin (17.7)
- Armstrong (15.2)
- Franklin (15.1)
- Tioga (14.2)
- Wyoming (13.9)
- Huntingdon (13.3)
- Indiana (13.1)
- Lawrence (13.0)
- Schuylkill (12.7)
- Lebanon (12.6)
- Philadelphia (12.5)
- Clarion (11.8)
- Somerset (11.6)
Schuylkill County Percent Positivity Rate at 12.7%
In addition to the higher-than-average percent-positivity rate, the state reported other relatively higher numbers in other metrics they’re tracking.
The statewide average for percent positivity is 9.6%. That’s up from 6.8% the week prior.
Confirmed COVID Cases
State officials reported 127 more positive COVID cases in Schuylkill County over the past 7 days than the previous 7 days. Statewide, there was a week-over-week rise in cases by 9,569.
Over the last week, 3.3 more Schuylkill County residents per day were admitted to the hospital than they were the week prior. A total of 536 more people were admitted to hospitals statewide over the last 7 days than the previous week.
During the course of the coronavirus pandemic, the state is reporting that 134 Schuylkill County residents have died after being infected COVID-19. There have been a total of 2,740 confirmed cases in Schuylkill County, and another 215 probable cases. Nearly 27,000 residents have tested negative for the virus since earlier this year.
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