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Schuylkill County’s COVID Positive Rate Up to 13.2% – 10th Highest in PA

covid positive rate schuylkill county april 8

covid positive rate schuylkill county april 8

Schuylkill County’s COVID-19 positive rate went up to 13.2% over the last 7 days tracked by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health.

That’s the 10th highest rate in Pennsylvania between April 2 and April 8. And it jumped 1.7% over the previous 7 days reported.

Last week, the COVID positive rate locally was at 11.5% and the week prior it was 11.4%. COVID positive rate is a measure of the number of positive COVID test results against the total number of tests administered in a given period of time.

Pennsylvania’s Dept. of Health uses COVID positive rate to determine the threat of community spread of the virus. At 13.2%, the state believes there’s a “Substantial” risk of community spread of the COVID infection.

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Schuylkill County COVID Positive Rate at 13.2%

During that April 2-8 period, there were 20 more confirmed cases of COVID locally than the previous 7 days, 248 vs. 228. That’s an average of about 35 new cases reported per day.

However, the number of daily hospitalizations due to COVID complications dropped by about 1 per day over the most recent 7 days tracked by the Health Dept.

The state says 11,996 cases of COVID have been confirmed in Schuylkill County since the start of the pandemic back in March 2020. The death toll blamed on the virus is at 385 locally. Just 12 of those deaths have happened since March 1.

According to more data from health officials, there are currently 27 people from Schuylkill County being treated in a hospital for COVID-19 complications. Seven of those 27 are in ICU. Zero ventilators are in use.

A total of 27,618 locals have received their full COVID vaccine dosage. According to our estimate, that represents about 26% of the adult population of Schuylkill County.

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