75 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County Saturday; 3 more deaths

William O'Boyle, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Feb. 20—WILKES-BARRE — The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Saturday reported 75 new cases of COVID-19 in Luzerne County and three more deaths. The death count is now at 713.

The new report brings the county's total cases to 24,461 since the pandemic began last year.

Neighboring Lackawanna County has 13,563 cases and 406 deaths; Monroe County has 9,390 cases and 261 deaths.

The Department of Health confirmed that there were 2,818 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 911,591.

COVID-19 vaccine distribution

This week, a total of 326,850 doses will have been allocated through Feb. 20:

— 183,575 first doses will have been allocated this week.

— 143,275 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, of the 2,766,400 doses allocated through February 20, we have administered 1,931,557 doses total through February 19:

— First doses, 88 percent (1,421,115 administered of 1,610,175 allocated)

— Second doses, 44 percent (510,442 administered of 1,156,225 allocated)

To see a map of locations where you can get a vaccination go to the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.

A commonwealth COVID-19 vaccination guide explains current process for getting one. Pennsylvanians with questions about the vaccination process can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.

Statewide data

There are 2,061 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 441 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day is about 3,500 lower than it was at the peak on Dec. 25, 2020. The current 14-day average is just below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of Feb. 12 — Feb. 18, stood at 6.5%.

As of 11:59 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, there were 90 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, for a total of 23,570 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 107,257 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 637 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 3,815,778,266 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 65,992 resident cases of COVID-19, and 12,816 cases among employees, for a total of 78,808 at 1,565 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 12,223 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 24,419 of our total cases are among health care workers.