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Pa. Health Dept.: Three-day total of 14K new COVID-19 cases; More than 2.6K hospitalized

By: - November 15, 2021 2:45 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 has confirmed 14,001 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth during the three-day period between 11:59 p.m. on Thursday and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

The cumulative case count includes 15,414 reinfection cases from the 66 counties outside of Philadelphia, including older cases which occurred throughout the course of the pandemic. The reinfection cases are being counted because the national case definition was revised earlier this year, and is being implemented by the state this month, the Health Department said in a statement. That brings the statewide cumulative case count to more than 1.64 million cases since the start of the pandemic.

Under this new definition, anyone who tests positive more than once, at least 90 days apart, is counted more than once. Before the update, the state and Philadelphia were reporting positive cases only once, the Health Department said in its statement.

As of Monday, 2,694 people were hospitalized with the virus. Of those patients, 614 were in hospital intensive care units. And 343 people were using a ventilator, according to data posted to the agency’s pandemic tracking website.

The department also confirmed 132 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 during the three days between Thursday and Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to the virus to 32,411 since the start of the pandemic, state data showed.

As of Monday, the statewide positivity rate was 10.3 percent, and 73.2 percent of Pennsylvanians 18 or older were fully vaccinated, according to the department.

All Pennsylvanians aged 5 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. You can use this Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.

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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.