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COVID Spread in Schuylkill County Continues Decline

The community spread of COVID-19 in Schuylkill County continues to decline after a brief increase more than a month ago.

According to the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System, the percent-positive rate on COVID tests conducted among Schuylkill County residents is now 10.4%. That’s down seven-tenths of a percent over the previous 7 days tracked.

Schuylkill County Percent Positive Rate Drops to 10.4%

The most recent data on community spread of COVID covers the time from April 23 until April 29. Data on the Early Warning Monitoring System compares that recent data against the previous 7 das (April 16-22).

Not only has the percent positive rate of COVID-19 gone down in Schuylkill County, so have hospitalizations. The average number of daily hospitalizations related to COVID-19 infections was reduced by about 5 people per day, according to state data.

There were actually 4 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Schuylkill County over the last 7 days compared to the 7 before that. Between April 23-29, there were 236 cases confirmed locally.

The Dept. of Health uses percent-positive rate on PCR COVID tests as a measure of the community spread of the virus.

While Schuylkill County’s percent positive rate continues to decline – down for the 3rd consecutive week – the 10.4% is higher than the Pennsylvania average of 7.6%. Statewide, there were also 4,049 less COVID cases confirmed last week than the previous 7 days.

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