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Dad. COVID-19 barometer darkens

Dad.  COVID-19 barometer darkens

Pennsylvania’s positivity rate for COVID-19 testing rose to 11.7% for the seven days ending Thursday, continuing a recent disappointing trend.

It has recently risen about 8% and more than double the 5% level is considered a sign of significant diversification.

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Pennsylvania is also rising faster, with 4,545 more confirmed cases in the week ending Thursday than in the previous week, according to updates posted to Pennsylvania’s early warning dashboard Friday afternoon.

The average daily number of hospital admissions increased by nearly 300 from the previous week.

Early Friday, Pennsylvania hospitals took care of 3,095 COVID-19 patients, several hundred more than a few weeks ago, as both hospital admissions and new cases declined.

Hospital admissions, while headed in the wrong direction, remain about half the level of Pennsylvania’s worst rise, which peaked in late 2020. More than 2,100 regular beds and 500 intensive care beds were available on Friday, according to data from the state health department.

Pennsylvania recorded 96 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, taking the pandemic toll to 32,825.