The latest data released from the CDC only shows Michigan and New York reporting more new cases than Pennsylvania.
In the past seven days, the COVID-19 infection rate in Pennsylvania is 234.5 cases per 100,000 population, CDC data shows. In the last seven days, the state registered 30,024 new cases.
By comparison, Michigan reported 50,983 cases and New York 49,105.
Other states in the Coronavirus hot zone include New Jersey and the border states of Delaware. In New Jersey, there have been 25,047 cases in the last seven days and the state has an infection rate of 282 cases per 100,000 population in the last seven days.
In nearby Delaware, the rate of infection in the last seven days is 241 per 100,000 people.
Data in Pennsylvania continue to go in the wrong direction, with declines in the level of new cases and an increase not seen since early winter growth.
Pennsylvania’s statewide percentage-positivity increased once again last week, rising from 9.4 percent to 9.5 percent. On Tuesday alone, 6,638 new cases were reported – the highest single-day increase since January.
Nationally, Pennsylvania now has the third most anticipated presence of variants after California and Texas, A study of Helix shows.
Of these more infectious variants, B.1.1.7 is the most widespread presence of UK strains in Pennsylvania. According to the CDC, there are more than 800 reported in Pennsylvania so far, tracking the version on a state-by-state basis. But according to recent New York Times ReportAs many as 50 per cent of all cases in the state from 1 February can be caused by the UK version.
As of Tuesday, 2,474 people in Pennsylvania are hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 534 patients are in intensive care units with COVID-19.
In total, there are more than one lakh COVID-19 cases and 25,472 deaths in the state.
Officials are hoping vaccines can curb this latest surge. In Pennsylvania, 2.4 million people have been fully vaccinated so far and 4.2 million people have received at least one dose.
As of Tuesday, the state has opened up vaccine registration to the general public. Learn more about obtaining a coronovirus vaccine here.
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