Pennsylvania added 1,643 covid-19 cases on Friday, bringing the seven-day average of cases to 1,892, the 14th consecutive decline from the average, according to Department of Health data. This is the lowest seven-day average since it was 1,769 on October 26. Of the new cases, 1,351 are confirmed and 292 are listed as probable. The state’s total is 1,182,922 cases since the start of the pandemic.
Allegheny County added 144 cases, lowering its seven-day average to 161, the lowest since November 4 (159). Of the new cases, 129 have been confirmed and 15 are probable. The new cases are aged from 1 year to 83 years.
The county has recorded 99,853 cases of covid to date.
Westmoreland County recorded 40 more covid cases on Friday, more than Thursday’s 36, but still few enough to bring the seven-day average down to 53, the lowest since October 9 (47). Of the new cases added, 36 are confirmed and four are probable. The county total is 33,547 since the start of the pandemic.
Health officials define a probable case as a case in which a patient has a positive viral antigen test or symptoms of covid with a “high risk exposure” to a person who has been confirmed to have a. coronavirus.
Pennsylvania has 6,866,823 people (53.6% of the population) protected by at least one dose of a covid-19 vaccine and 4,842,853 (37.8%) fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the portion of the population aged 18 and over, 4,842,470 (47.6%) are fully immunized.
Allegheny has 703,300 people (57.5%) protected with at least one dose of covid-19 vaccine and 496,501 (40.6%) fully protected, according to the State Department of Health.
Westmoreland has 160,765 people (44%) with at least one dose of covid-19 vaccine and 123,905 (33.9%) fully vaccinated.
The state added 27 deaths linked to covid-19 on Friday, according to data from the Department of Health. The seven-day average of deaths (230) continues its downward trend to a level not seen since mid-April. Of the 27 deaths newly reported on Friday, 24 are from May and three are from April. There have been 26,724 covid-related deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic.
Allegheny County added two covid deaths, both from May, to bring the total to 1,914. One person was in their 50s and one in their 60s. The seven-day average is 18 deaths and has fallen for the fifth day in a row.
Westmoreland County added a single new death linked to covids, in line with its tendency to see only one, two or no deaths per day for more than two weeks. The county has recorded 753 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
There are 1,605 people in the state hospitalized with covid-19, a number that has been steadily declining since mid-February. Friday was the 10th day in a row with a double-digit drop in hospitalizations. There are 373 covid patients in the intensive care units and 237 of them are on ventilators.
Allegheny County has 150 people hospitalized for covid-19 and 45 of them are in intensive care units with 27 ventilators. The seven-day hospitalization average is 157, the lowest since the end of March. The county has registered a total of 6,981 people in hospital for covid.
Westmoreland has 26 hospitalized covid patients, including four in intensive care units and only two using ventilators.
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