Berks County has seen a third straight week of dropping COVID cases.
The weekly data update from the state Department of Health showed both the total number of new COVID cases and reinfections in Berks and the county’s case rate saw drops from data reported last week. Deaths were also down, while hospitalizations rose slightly.
The number of new COVID cases and reinfections in Berks dropped by 75 in the state’s Wednesday update of its COVID dashboard.
The county had 428 new cases and reinfections, compared to 503 reported last week. This week’s total is the lowest Berks has seen since data reported on July 6.
The county’s COVID cases per 100,000 residents was also down from data reported last week. The state’s Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard showed that between Sept. 28 and Oct. 4 the county had a case rate of 70 per 100,000 people. Last week the rate was 87 per 100,000 people.
The positivity rate of 12.8% in Berks was down nearly 2 1/2 percentage points from the rate reported last week.
Overall, Berks has had 117,491 COVID cases during the pandemic.
Statewide, this week’s data showed 74 COVID cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate of 12.2%. Both numbers were down from data reported last week.
There have been 3,266,934 COVID cases in the state during the pandemic, with 12,431 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 1,669 county residents have died of COVID. That’s an increase of two from data reported last week.
The Berks coroner’s office, which reports COVID deaths that take place in the county, reported the county has had 1,510 COVID deaths in its weekly report issued Tuesday.
The coroner’s report added three deaths to the county’s total.
Statewide, a total of 47,323 people have died of COVID, an increase of 110 from data reported last week.
Hospitalizations of COVID patients in Berks remained at an elevated level in this week’s data update.
According to state data released Wednesday, there were 49 hospitalized patients in the county. That’s up four from the previous week.
Of the hospitalized patients, three were in intensive care and five were on ventilators.
Statewide there were 1,165 COVID patients hospitalized, down 21 from the number that was reported last week.
According to the state Department of Health:
• The number of fully vaccinated individuals in Berks was 253,409, an increase of 1,363.
• The number of individuals to receive a bivalent booster dose since Sept. 2 is 13,596.
Source: Berkshire mont
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