Bucks County's COVID cases fall 9.5%; Pennsylvania cases surge 11.1%

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New coronavirus cases leaped in Pennsylvania in the week ending Sunday, rising 11.1% as 24,748 cases were reported. The previous week had 22,277 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Pennsylvania ranked 34th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 14.2% from the week before, with 781,487 cases reported. With 3.85% of the country's population, Pennsylvania had 3.17% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 13 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Johns Hopkins University has been getting data on an erratic schedule from Pennsylvania, skewing week-to-week comparisons.

Bucks County reported 836 cases and eight deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 924 cases and 10 deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 138,415 cases and 1,984 deaths.

Montgomery County reported 1,188 cases and six deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 1,326 cases and five deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 176,174 cases and 2,407 deaths.​

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Within Pennsylvania, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Forest County with 497 cases per 100,000 per week; Montour County with 340; and Philadelphia County with 325. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Both Bucks and Montgomery counties are in the medium level of community transmission; it is recommended that those at high risk for severe illness consider wearing a mask indoors in public and take additional precautions.

Adding the most new cases overall were Philadelphia County, with 5,149 cases; Allegheny County, with 2,661 cases; and Montgomery County, with 1,188. Weekly case counts rose in 28 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Philadelphia, Westmoreland and Monroe counties.

Phlebotomist April Aymong prepares a sample to be sent for COVID-19 testing at Salem Health Laboratory in Salem, Oregon on July 12.
Phlebotomist April Aymong prepares a sample to be sent for COVID-19 testing at Salem Health Laboratory in Salem, Oregon on July 12.

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Across Pennsylvania, cases fell in 37 counties, with the best declines in Chester County, with 670 cases from 812 a week earlier; in Montgomery County, with 1,188 cases from 1,326; and in Lackawanna County, with 341 cases from 439.​

In Pennsylvania, 97 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 117 people were reported dead.

A total of 3,105,341 people in Pennsylvania have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 46,261 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 92,112,922 people have tested positive and 1,033,556 people have died.

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Pennsylvania's COVID-19 hospital admissions rising

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Aug. 7. Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 4,134

  • The week before that: 3,984

  • Four weeks ago: 3,490

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 72,801

  • The week before that: 72,098

  • Four weeks ago: 67,603

Hospitals in 24 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 24 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 33 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County reported 836 additional COVID-19 cases this week