New coronavirus cases rose 8.6% in Pennsylvania in the week ended Sunday as the state added 29,664 cases. In the previous week there were 27,317 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Pennsylvania ranked 23rd among the states with the fastest spread of the coronavirus per person, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Last week, coronavirus cases in the United States fell 11.3% from the previous week, with 702,236 cases reported. With 3.85% of the country’s population, Pennsylvania had 4.22% of the country’s cases over the past week. Across the country, 32 states had more cases in the last week than the week before.
Lebanon County reported 266 cases and zero deaths over the past week. A week earlier it had reported 215 cases and one death. 37,492 cases and 519 deaths have been reported during the pandemic.
Within Pennsylvania, the worst weekly outbreaks per person were in Allegheny County, with 348 cases per 100,000 per week; Bradford County with 327; and Cameron County with 315. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Most new cases overall came from Allegheny County with 4,234 cases; Philadelphia County with 2,768 cases; and Montgomery County with 2,280. Weekly case numbers rose in 46 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the previous week’s pace were in Allegheny, Westmoreland and Philadelphia counties.
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Pennsylvania ranked 13th among states for the proportion of people who received at least one vaccination, with 84.9% of its residents being at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 77.7%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are most commonly used in the United States, require two doses given a few weeks apart.
In the week ended Wednesday, Pennsylvania reported the administration of an additional 126,842 vaccine doses, including 22,201 first-time doses. In the previous week, the state administered 319,300 vaccine doses, including 22,696 first-time doses. Overall, Pennsylvania reported that it administered 23,045,182 total doses.
Across Pennsylvania, cases fell in 20 counties, with the sharpest falls in Lackawanna County, with 603 cases down from 735 a week earlier; in Bradford County with 197 cases of 302; and in Northampton County with 859 cases out of 937.
In Pennsylvania, 249 people were reported to have died from COVID-19 in the week ended Sunday. The week before, 84 people were reported dead.
A total of 2,907,324 people in Pennsylvania have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 45,147 people have died from the disease, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. In the United States, 83,984,644 people tested positive and 1,004,733 people died.
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Pennsylvania COVID-19 hospitalizations are declining
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data for Sunday, May 29th.
Probable COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 3,954
- The week before: 4,105
- Four weeks ago: 3,074
Probable COVID patients admitted in the country:
- Last week: 55,952
- The week before: 52,036
- Four weeks ago: 41,964
Hospitals in 34 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 33 states had more COVID-19 patients on ICU beds. Hospitals in 35 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the last week than a week earlier, the USA TODAY analysis of US Health and Human Services data shows.
The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, compiled using data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have any questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at [email protected]