The COVID-19 pandemic in Berks County and Pennsylvania has reached a new level in terms of cases, with deaths from the illness surging as well.
The key points:
• Berks registered 651 more cases and reinfections in the Wednesday update of the Pennsylvania Department of Health pandemic dashboard. That followed 634 in the Tuesday update. Those were effectively record days.
• Pennsylvania had 17,520 new cases and reinfections in the Wednesday dashboard update, wiping out the previous pandemic date record by thousands.
• The same dashboard recorded 17 deaths of Berks residents on Wednesday, raising the pandemic total to 1,311. The state dashboard is well behind the real-time reporting of the Berks County coroner and the Berks hospitals.
• Reading Hospital’s own pandemic dashboard has recorded seven more COVID deaths in the 24 hours ending Wednesday midmorning.
• The seven-day COVID case average for Berks reached 404, a pandemic record. The 14-day average was 359, near the record of 361 set on Dec. 15.
Seven of the 10 highest days of the pandemic have occurred this month.
In Berks, a data dump of weeks of backlogged positives on Jan. 31 amounted to 1,465 and is technically the highest single daily case total for the pandemic.
At the time, the winter 2020-21 surge had been waning.
This story will be updated.
The first COVID case in Berks was documented on March 18, 2020. There were two days that month with no cases, and on June 27 and 28 in 2020 there were no cases.
The only other day with no cases was June 26, 2021.
These are the top 10 case days:
1,465: Jan. 31, 2021; product of a dump of backlogged cases
651: Dec. 29, 2021
634: Dec. 28, 2021
576: Dec. 11, 2021
550: April 13, 2021
511: Dec. 4, 2021
506: Dec. 2, 2021
467: Dec. 10, 2021
463: Dec. 2, 2020
455: Dec. 12, 2021
Source: Berkshire mont