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Pa. Health Dept: More than 12,686 new COVID cases; 2,337 hospitalized

By: - September 20, 2021 12:20 pm

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 12,686 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend.

The new cases bring the statewide total to more than 1.38 million cases, according to state health data. 

In addition to the increase in case counts, hospitalizations due to COVID-19 increased slightly to 2,337. Of those hospitalized, 589 patients are in the intensive care unit.

The department confirmed 52 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 to 28,864.

Pennsylvania’s percent positivity rate dropped slightly from 9.1 percent to 8.9 percent as of midday Monday.

As of Sunday, 67.8 percent of Pennsylvanians 18 and over are full vaccinated, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. 

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.

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