Coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania surpassed a million on Thursday, with daily new cases of COVID-19 on the rise in the state as a whole, state health data shows.
As of Thursday morning, the state had reported about 1,000,240 cases of the new disease. The grim milestone came the morning after roughly 4,667 new cases of the virus were reported on Wednesday, marking the highest number in a single day since early February.
Overall, daily infections have risen more than 10% in two weeks, while coronavirus-related hospitalizations are also on the rise.
“All of our numbers are going the wrong way,” warned Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, according to the Associated Press.
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The news comes amid the ongoing state rollout of the coronavirus vaccine. State health data shows that to date about 4.6 million total vaccines have been administered in Pennsylvania, of which 1.6 million are considered fully vaccinated.
For context, Pennsylvania has a population of approximately 12.8 million.
Similarly, Michigan health officials recently warned of an “alarming” increase in COVID-19-related hospitalizations among unvaccinated people.
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In the first three weeks of March, officials recorded a 633% increase in hospitalizations among adults ages 30 to 39, and an 800% increase among those ages 40 to 49.
“Michigan is moving forward to finally defeat the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing vaccination rates, but the war is not over yet,” said Gary Roth, DO, medical officer for the Michigan Hospital and Health Association (MHA ), in a press release. “Now is not the time to lower your guard and risk COVID-19 with the emergence of more contagious variants and the widespread availability of vaccines.”
Alexandria Hein of Fox News contributed to this report.