Posted by on November 17, 2020 4:00 am

Categories: Coal Region Newswire 2 Coronavirus in Pennsylvania Coronavirus in Schuylkill County Local News

schuylkill county percent positive rate

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:

  1. Juniata (21.1%)
  2. Bedford (19.7)
  3. Mifflin (17.7)
  4. Armstrong (15.2)
  5. Franklin (15.1)
  6. Tioga (14.2)
  7. Wyoming (13.9)
  8. Huntingdon (13.3)
  9. Indiana (13.1)
  10. Lawrence (13.0)
  11. Schuylkill (12.7)
  12. Lebanon (12.6)
  13. Philadelphia (12.5)
  14. Clarion (11.8)
  15. 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.

Latest Data

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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2 responses to Schuylkill County COVID Positive Rate Increases to 12.7%

  1. JS November 17th, 2020 at 4:08 am

    What exactly is .3 of a person? Is the 3 tenths of a human person missing limbs or mentally challenged or only partially human?

    And how badly are these people actually suffering? Are their symptoms really severe enough to be admitted in to a hospital or is it the usual sniffle, cough, and sore throat (common cold)?


  2. Geralynn matta November 17th, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Ummm… Any correlation in high number of Trump voters and now increased c infection?


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