Westmoreland County reported its highest number of additional covid cases this year on Saturday, according to data from the state Department of Health.
The county reported 357 cases, the most since 466 were reported on Dec. 29. The seven-day average of cases on Saturday rose to 132, the highest number since Jan.25. Now there have been 29,017 total cases reported in the county.
An additional covid-related death was also reported, bringing Westmoreland County’s total deaths to 703.
Like Westmoreland County, the state had a peak of reported covid cases on Saturday, with the highest number reported in about two months.
According to the Department of Health, Pennsylvania reported 7,132 additional cases of covid. That marks the most since 9,643 were reported on Jan.29. The seven-day average number of cases for the state was 3,969, the highest in about seven weeks. Pennsylvania now has a total of 1,012,299 covid cases.
33 additional deaths were reported Saturday in Pennsylvania. The death toll now stands at 24,986, as the state approaches another grim milestone of 25,000.
Allegheny County remained at higher levels of covid cases on Saturday, with an additional 447 cases reported, according to the county Health Department.
The dates of the positive covid tests ranged from Sunday to Friday. The ages of the new cases ranged from 1 month to 94 years, with a median age of 35 years.
Saturday’s case load in the county marks the third time in the past four days that reported cases surpassed 400. Before that time, Allegheny County had not reported more than 400 cases since last month.
The total number of covid cases is now 84,258 in Allegheny County. The death toll stood at 1,759 as no new deaths were reported.
Pennsylvania saw another spike in covid hospitalizations on Saturday, according to data from the state Department of Health. There are currently 1,795 hospitalized, up from 1,772 on Friday. Hospitalizations have risen every day for the past week in the state, increasing by 266 from last Saturday’s count of 1,529.
The number of hospitalizations in Allegheny County rose to 198 on Saturday, the most in about a month. The count of hospitalizations in the county has increased each of the past three days.
In Westmoreland County, covid hospitalizations dropped by one, with 20 hospitalized on Saturday. Westmoreland’s hospitalization count has dropped every day from Monday’s 27 count.
Covid vaccines continue to rise in the state, with 1,548,828 partially vaccinated and 1,704,129 fully vaccinated in Pennsylvania as of Saturday, according to data from the Health Department. Those numbers exclude Philadelphia County, which handles its own vaccine data and distribution. The state approved 1 million people fully vaccinated against covid-19 on March 10.
Allegheny County’s vaccination numbers increased to 202,684 people partially vaccinated and 197,902 people fully vaccinated on Saturday. The county now has more than 16% of the population fully vaccinated.
There are now 51,824 partially vaccinated and 51,080 fully vaccinated people in Westmoreland County, and about 14% of the county’s population is fully vaccinated as of Saturday.
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