Pa. Health Dept.: More than 14K new COVID-19 cases over the weekend; more than 2,700 hospitalized

By: - October 4, 2021 12:19 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 14,076 new cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania in the three days between 12 a.m. on Saturday and Monday. That brings the statewide total of cases to 1.44 million since the start of the pandemic.

Statewide, 2,776 people were hospitalized as of midday Monday, down from the 2,816 people the agency reported on Friday, according to the Health Department’s COVID tracking website.

There were 672 people in hospital intensive care units, with 378 people using a ventilator, both are down from the 692 people who were in intensive care units as of midday Friday, and the 384 people who were using a ventilator at midday on Friday, state data showed.

The department confirmed 94 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania over the weekend, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 to 29,531 since the start of the pandemic.

Pennsylvania’s positivity rate rose to 9.1 percent, up from 8.9 percent last week.

As of midday Monday, the commonwealth’s vaccination rate was 69.1 percent, the Health Department said in a statement.

Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site. Please see our republishing guidelines for use of photos and graphics.

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.