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Berks adds 125 new COVID cases

Berks County picked up 125 new COVID cases in the Thursday update of the Pennsylvania Department of Health dashboard.

The pandemic case total for the county increased to 51,980.

The seven- and 14-day averages slightly increased to 111 and 110, respectively.

The state reported one new death, increasing the pandemic total for Berks to 1,058. The county coroner’s pandemic total is 1,003.

COVID hospitalizations continued to increase in Berks. The Thursday update of the state hospital preparedness dashboard reported 58 patients hospitalized, of which 11 were in intensive care and 10 were on ventilators.

Reading Hospital’s dashboard update Thursday reported 49 COVID patients there, of which five were in the intensive care unit and four were on ventilators. In the 24 hours between updates, six COVID patients were discharged from the hospital.

Due to increasing COVID cases in Berks, Reading Hospital announced changes to its visitor policy. Effective immediately, inpatient visitation on the main hospital campus is limited to one visitor per patient per day.

Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing will continue to follow Department of Health guidelines which allow visitors when deemed medically necessary. Masking continues to be required for all Tower Health patients, visitors and employees while inside any Tower Health facilities.

The hospital said the revisions to the visitation policy are due to recent analysis showing the COVID-positive prevalence in the county now exceeds 10%.

Pa. data

Pennsylvania added 4,197 new COVID cases, bringing the statewide total to 1,333,308.

Statewide, an additional 52 deaths were reported. The state death total increased to 28,498.

The state reported 2,082 patients were hospitalized with COVID statewide. Of those patients, 506 were in the intensive care unit.

Vaccinations

Completed vaccinations continued to rise in Berks and statewide.

Berks added 462 completed vaccinations, bringing the total to 198,862. Partial vaccinations fell by 95 to 23,002.

Pennsylvania added 10,921 completed vaccinations, bringing the statewide total to 6,038,488. Partial vaccinations decreased by 900 to 727,799.

COVID in Berks

New cases: 125

Pandemic total: 51,980

14-day average: 110

Deaths: state, 1,058; coroner, 1,003

Fully vaccinated: 198,862 (Pa. accounting)


Source: Berkshire mont

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