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Pa. Health Dept: More than 16K new COVID-19 cases over holiday weekend

By: - October 12, 2021 12:07 pm

COVID-19 vaccine is stored at -80 degrees celsius in the pharmacy at Roseland Community Hospital on December 18, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The hospital began distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to its workers yesterday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 16,287 new cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania during a four-day period stretching from 12 a.m. on Saturday to 12 a.m. on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to more than 1.48 million since the start of the pandemic.

At midday Tuesday, there were 3,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19, up from the 2,930 the agency last reported on Friday, Oct. 8. Of that number, 676 were in intensive care units, and 370 were using ventilators, according to data posted to the state’s pandemic tracking website.

The department confirmed 151 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania over that four-day holiday interval, bringing the total  number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 to 30,058 since the start of the pandemic.

As of midday Tuesday, Pennsylvania’s positivity rate was 9.6 percent.

As of midday Tuesday, 69.7 percent of Pennsylvanians 18 or older are fully vaccinated, the Health Department said in a statement.

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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.