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Pa. Health Dept.: More than 3,700 new COVID-19 cases; More than 2,700 hospitalized

By: - October 26, 2021 1:26 pm

After a second dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, a swarm of antibodies attacks the virus. (Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library via Getty Images)

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 3,742 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to more than 1.54 million since the start of the pandemic.

As of midday Tuesday, 2,798 individuals were hospitalized with the virus, a nominal increase over Monday’s tally of 2,786 people. Of that number, 681 patients were in the intensive care unit, and 377 patients were using a ventilator, according to data posted to the agency’s pandemic tracking website.

The department also confirmed 79 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 as of midday Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to the virus to 31,055 since the start of the pandemic, state data showed.

As of Tuesday, the statewide positivity rate was 9.2 percent, and 71.4 percent of Pennsylvanians 18 or older were fully vaccinated, according to the department.

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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.