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Pa. Health Dept.: More than 4,300 new COVID-19 cases; More than 2,700 hospitalized

By: - October 28, 2021 12:34 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 4,312 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Thursday, up from Wednesday’s tally of 4,178 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 1.55 million since the start of the pandemic.

As of midday Thursday, 2,742 individuals were hospitalized with the virus, a decrease over Wednesday’s tally of 2,838 people. Of that number, 678 patients were in intensive care units, and 367 patients were using a ventilator, according to data posted to the agency’s pandemic tracking website.

The department also confirmed 95 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 as of midday Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to the virus to 31,292 since the start of the pandemic, state data showed.

As of Thursday, 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.