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After a one-day spike, Berks COVID numbers fall back in line

The inconsistent nature of COVID-19 data reporting continued Wednesday.

A day after Berks County saw its daily COVID case count spike to a delta surge high, hitting a number not seen since the beginning of May, things were back to normal Wednesday.

According to an update of the state Department of Health’s COVID dashboard, the county saw just 141 new cases on Tuesday. The dashboard updates each day with data for the previous day.

The new cases reported Wednesday were a steep drop from the 200 reported on Tuesday, and fall more in line with typical numbers over the past month or so.

The day-to-day swing is nothing new for data reported by the state. For a multitude of reasons — inconsistent reporting, patterns in which days of the week people tend to get tested, delays in reporting — occasional blips occur.

Because of that, it is helpful to look at case counts over time. Looking at the daily average for cases over the past seven days, Berks is at 149 — in line with the 141 reported Wednesday.

And over the past 14 days the county is averaging 137 new cases per day.

Wednesday’s updated case count brings Berks’ pandemic total of COVID cases to 60,236.

Statewide numbers moved the opposite direction of those in Berks in Wednesday’s dashboard update.

There were a reported 5,179 new cases reported in Pennsylvania, a big jump from the 3,893 reported the previous day. The state’s total case count for the pandemic sits at about 1.6 million.

Hospitalizations

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID in Berks remained steady in Wednesday’s dashboard update.

The state reported 59 hospitalizations, down one from the previous day. The number of COVID patients in intensive care units at Reading Hospital and Penn State Health St. Joseph was 14, also down one from data reported Tuesday.

According to Reading Hospital’s COVID dashboard, the hospital currently has 46 COVID patients in intensive care. Thirty-three of the patients are unvaccinated, including all of the intensive care patients.

Penn State Health’s COVID dashboard shows 18 COVID patients at St. Joseph Medical Center, with 10 in intensive care. Eleven of the patients are unvaccinated, and nine of the intensive care patients are not vaccinated.

Statewide there are 2,588 COVID patients hospitalized, with 584 in intensive care units. Both of those numbers are down slightly from ones reported Tuesday.

Vaccinations

Booster and third-dose shots of the COVID vaccines continue to be popular.

Data provided Wednesday shows that 1,158 people received a booster or third-dose in Berks on Tuesday, brining the countywide total for those types of shots to 24,990.

There are now 215,192 people in Berks who are fully vaccinated, an increase of 323 from the previous day. There are 22,368 people partially vaccinated.

Statewide, just over 6.5 million people are now fully vaccinated.

CDC on Berks

Berks seven-day COVID data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

• 1,059: Total cases.

• 7,622: Total tests.

• 10: Deaths.

• 55: New hospitalizations.

• 251: New cases per 100,000 residents.

• 10.7%: Positivity rate.

• 65.9%: Eligible residents fully vaccinated.

The CDC count of full vaccinated berks residents is 237,973.

That agency includes Veterans Affairs inoculations and the early effort in nursing homes, which do not fall under the state’s data.

CDC on Pa.

The latest seven-day CDC numbers for Pennsylvania:

• 29,362: Total new cases.

• 279: New hospitalizations.

• 460: Deaths.

• 70.8%: Fully vaccinated.

Philadelphia County has a substantial risk of community spread. All other counties remain in the high community spread category.

COVID in Berks

141: new cases

60,236: pandemic total

149: 7-day average

1,172: deaths, state

1,109: deaths, coroner

237,973: fully vaccinated


Source: Berkshire mont

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