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Pa. Health Dept.: Three-day total of more than 10K new COVID-19 cases; 72 percent of adults vaccinated

By: - November 3, 2021 1:57 pm

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 6,426 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth between 12:01 a.m. on Sunday and 11:59 p.m. on Monday. The agency confirmed a further 3,819 cases as of 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, for a total of  more than 1.57 million cases since the start of the pandemic.

As of midday Wednesday, there were 2,613 people hospitalized from the virus. Of that total, 624 people were in hospital intensive care units, and 364 people were using a ventilator, according to data posted to the department’s pandemic tracking website.

As of 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, the department confirmed 181 new fatalities, for a total of 31,711 deaths attributed to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, the agency said in a statement.

As of Wednesday, the statewide positivity rate remained at 8.8 percent and 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.