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Pa. adds more COVID hospitalizations, more than 500 in intensive care units

By: - September 8, 2021 12:19 pm

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Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 hospitalizations arced upward again on Wednesday, with more people in intensive care units, and more requiring a ventilator to survive, new state Department of Health data shows.

A total of 2,082 people were hospitalized as of midday on Wednesday, up from 2,010 on Tuesday, according to data posted to the Health Department’s pandemic tracking website. The number of people in intensive care units rose from 496 on Tuesday to 506 on Wednesday, while the number of patients requiring a ventilator rose from 248 people on Tuesday to 250 people on Wednesday, the agency’s data showed.

More than 2k Pa. residents hospitalized as COVID cases climb, Health Department says

The Health Department confirmed 4,391 new infections on Wednesday, up from the 2,356 new cases it reported on Tuesday. That brings the statewide tally to 1.32 million confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. The Health Department also reported 38 new fatalities, for a total of 28,446 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The statewide positivity rate stood unchanged at 8.2 percent, the agency said in a statement.

The new data comes a day after a statewide order mandating masks for K-12 students and children in childcare centers took effect. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives announced it was cutting its summer vacation short to return to Harrisburg to try to undo the order.

That action comes on top of a lawsuit filed by Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, seeking to overturn the order. Corman was joined in the effort by parents and a Republican House lawmaker from central Pennsylvania.

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.