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Berks sees holiday spike in COVID data

Much like the last two years, Berks County is seeing a holiday season spike in its COVID data.

Last year, the county saw its highest case counts of the entire pandemic in early and mid-January. Prior to that, pandemic highs for the county took place between Thanksgiving 2020 and late January 2021.

And data released by the state this week shows numbers are again on the rise. Cases, deaths, hospitalizations and other data were all up.


The weekly count of new COVID cases and reinfections in Berks hit a 16-week high.

According to Wednesday’s update of the state Department of Health’s COVID dashboard, Berks had 776 new cases and reinfections. That’s up 299 from the 477 reported last week.

The weekly case count was the highest it’s been since data reported on Sept. 14.

The county’s COVID cases per 100,000 residents were also up from data reported last week. The state’s Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard showed that between Dec. 28 and Jan. 3 the county had a case rate of 102 per 100,000 people. Last week the rate was 61 per 100,000 people.

The case rate was the highest since 109 cases per 100,000 residents reported on Sept. 14.

The positivity rate of 23.1% in Berks was up nearly six points from the rate of 17.5% reported last week.

Overall, Berks has had 123,633 COVID cases during the pandemic.

Statewide, this week’s data showed 90 COVID cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate of 15.4%. Both numbers were up from data reported the previous week.

There have been 3,431,861 COVID cases in the state during the pandemic, with 15,719 new cases and reinfections added in Wednesday’s data update.


The state, which reports the number of Berks residents to die no matter where the deaths take place, reported this week that a total of 1,729 county residents have died of COVID. That’s an increase of five from data reported last week.

Statewide, a total of 49,034 people have died of COVID, an increase of 142 from data reported last week.


Hospitalizations of COVID patients also saw a significant increase, hitting its highest point since early February.

According to state data released Wednesday, there were 74 hospitalized patients in the county. That’s up 15 from the previous week.

This week’s hospitalizations were the most since Feb. 5.

Of the hospitalized patients in this week’s data, three were in intensive care and five were on ventilators. The number of intensive care patients was down four  from data reported last week, while the number on ventilators was down three from last week.

Statewide there were 1,747 COVID patients hospitalized, up 216 from the number reported last week.


• The number of fully vaccinated individuals in Berks was 259,808, an increase of 224.

• The number of individuals to receive a bivalent booster dose since Sept. 2 is 50,110, an increase of 1,226.

Source: Berkshire mont

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