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Centre reports four new COVID-19 deaths

The COVID-19 death toll is on the rise in Centre County.

On Wednesday, Centre County reported four new COVID-19 deaths and 78 cases of the deadly virus. Clinton County added 33 cases, while Lycoming County added 58 cases, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The new case counts look like this: Centre County (20,002), Clinton County (4,621) and Lycoming County (15,316).

Pennsylvania added 5,012 cases on Wednesday, the highest one-day total in five days. The statewide total now stands at 1,491,146.

Centre County has now seen 241 of its residents die from COVID-19. Clinton County’s death toll remained at 71. The state reported 170 new deaths on Wednesday. The commonwealth now has seen 30,228 deaths as a result of the virus.

As far as hospitalizations are concerned, Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College is treating 32 COVID-19 inpatients, seven fewer than on Tuesday, with one in intensive care (down one case) and one on a ventilator.

The patients range in age from 25 to 94, according to the hospital’s COVID-19 inpatient dashboard. Seven are fully vaccinated and 25 are not vaccinated.

Statewide, Pennsylvania has 3,031 COVID-19 inpatients, an increase of 31 since Tuesday, with 678 in intensive care (up two) and 362 on ventilators (down eight), according to the DOH hospital preparedness dashboard. Hospitalizations are at their highest level since Feb. 5.

An estimated 90 percent of COVID-19 patients in the state have recovered, according to a DOH calculation that considers a case as recovered if it has not been reported as a death and it is more than 30 days past the date of the first positive test or onset of symptoms.

All 67 counties in Pennsylvania are at the highest level for community transmission of COVID-19 on the Centers for Disease Control scale, according to the latest county-level data update.

Transmission levels are based on positivity rate and cases per 100,000 people for the previous seven days. At the substantial and high levels, CDC guidance recommends all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in public indoor settings.

Statewide, 69.9 percent of adults and 58.8 percent of the total population are fully vaccinated. Pennsylvania is fifth in the nation for total doses administered, according the CDC.

Vaccination appointments for ages 12 and older are available through your local healthcare provider and other pharmacies and listed at vaccines.gov.

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

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