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PA adds 1,088 cases of COVID-19

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is seeing its highest number of COVID-19 cases since May as the Delta variant spreads, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

There were 1,088 positives on Thursday, bringing the number of statewide cases to 1,223,390. It was the first time Pennsylvania topped 1,000 cases in one day since May.

Locally, numbers remain steady. Clinton County added just one case of COVID-19 on Thursday, while Lycoming County (up 11) and Centre County (up 10) saw new cases in the double digits.

As far as negative test results are concerned, Clinton County has seen 10,482 negatives. Centre County has seen 72,613 residents test negative. Meanwhile, Lycoming County has seen 34,457 of its residents test negative.

Across the state, there were 6,197 new negative tests. A total of 4,900,572 negative tests have been recorded throughout the state.

Statewide, COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to increase. Pennsylvania now has 462 COVID-19 inpatients, an increase of 17 since Wednesday, with 87 in intensive care and 50 on ventilators.

As the COVID-19 numbers climb, four new deaths have been reported statewide. Pennsylvania’s total is now at 27,842.

On Thursday, Pennsylvania officials held a briefing about COVID-19 in the state and efforts to get more people vaccinated.

Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said the Pennsylvania Department of Health will text message about 250,000 residents who got their first dose of the vaccine but not their second.

Vaccination appointments for ages 12 and older are available through pharmacies and other providers listed at vaccines.gov. The text will tell the recipients that the message is from the DOH and it will urge them to get their second shot.

According to the DOH, 62.6 percent of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

For more information about COVID-19 or to take a closer look at the numbers, visit health.pa.gov.

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