Surging delta variant pushes Pa. daily case count to highest number in weeks

Written by on July 21, 2021

Surging delta variant pushes Pa. daily case count to highest number in weeks

By Tyler Pratt

July 21, 2021

A worker verifies a coronavirus drive-thru testing appointment at a Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) station in Curtis Bay, Md., Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Maryland opened three drive-thru testing sites for residents who are symptomatic or at high risk of complications from COVID-19. The tests are offered at three vehicle emissions testing sites in Anne Arundel, Charles and Harford counties. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

With case counts growing in Pennsylvania and across the nation, the delta variant of the coronavirus now accounts for 83% of new U.S. cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The state Department of Health reported nearly 570 new COVID-19 infections Tuesday. After weeks of lower numbers, it’s the highest daily case count since early June. 

State data shows the highest concentration of new cases in the eastern and northeastern parts of the state, including Northampton County.

On Tuesday, 280 people were in the hospital with COVID-19, with more than 50 in intensive care, state health officials reported. 

At least 10 people in Pennsylvania have died from the virus this week. 

The health department reports that just under 40 percent of Pennsylvanians 18-and-older have yet to be fully vaccinated. 

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