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Pa. Health Dept: More than 7,400 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend; More than 2,700 hospitalized

By: - November 1, 2021 2:04 pm

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The state Department of Health confirmed 7,480 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth over the three days between Saturday and Monday, for a total of 1.56 million cases since the start of the pandemic.

As of midday Monday, 2,754 people were hospitalized with the virus. Of those patients, 653 were in hospital intensive care units, and 378 were using a ventilator, according to data posted to the agency’s pandemic tracking website.

The department also confirmed 78 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 as of midday Monday, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to the virus to 31,455 since the start of the pandemic, state data showed.

As of Monday, the statewide positivity rate was 8.8 percent, down from 9.2 percent last week, and nearly 72 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.

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