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Pa. Health Dept: More than 5,786 new COVID cases; 2,323 hospitalized

By: - September 16, 2021 12:27 pm

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 5,786 new cases of COVID-19 as of midday Thursday, while the commonwealth saw a slight drop in the number of hospitalizations due to the virus.

The new cases bring the statewide total to more than 1.36 million confirmed cases since the pandemic began last March.

Hospitalizations decreased slightly Thursday, falling from 2,333 hospitalizations on Wednesday to 2,323. The number of patients in intensive care units across the commonwealth also fell slightly from 564 on Wednesday to 560 on Thursday, according to state health department data.

The department confirmed 72 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 to 28,768.

The statewide positivity rate continued to stand at 9.1 percent, up from 8.2 percent last week.

As of Wednesday, 67.4 percent of Pennsylvanians 18 and older are fully 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.