84 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Saturday

William O'Boyle, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Mar. 13—WILKES-BARRE — The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Saturday reported 84 new cases of COVID-19 in Luzerne County and no new deaths. The death count is at 746.

The new report brings the county's total cases to 25,614 since the pandemic began last year.

Neighboring Lackawanna County has 14,512 cases and 427 deaths; Monroe County has 10,257 cases and 278 deaths.

The Department of Health confirmed that there were 2,840 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 964,296.

Vaccine distribution

More than 3.5 million doses of vaccine administered across the state — more vaccine administered than 44 other states.

More than 1.2 million people fully vaccinated — more than 74,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.

Nearly 1 million people aged 65 and older vaccinated.

More than 390,000 total doses have been administered to long-term care and other facilities through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership where more than 156,000 residents and staff are fully vaccinated.

This week, a total of 4,179,220 doses will have been allocated through March 13:

— 254,150 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

— 225,890 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, of the 4,179,220 doses allocated through March 13, we have administered 3,535,956 doses total through March 12:

— First doses, 97 percent (2,361,804 administered of 2,427,085 allocated)

— Second doses, 68 percent (1,200,195 administered of 1,752,135 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 1,463 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 313 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 4,500 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020. However, the current 14-day average is now also below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of March 5 — March 11 stood at 5.7%.

As of 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 12, there were 43 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 24,573 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 116,909 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 640 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 3,989,292 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 68,470 resident cases of COVID-19, and 13,835 cases among employees, for a total of 82,305 at 1,558 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 12,762 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 25,686 of our total cases are among health care workers.