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Only 1 Pa. county has high COVID-19 spread as state positivity test rate falls below 2%

PennLive.com logo PennLive.com 6/15/2021 Chris Mautner, pennlive.com
The Moderna vaccine is administered at the clinic. The Latino Connection COVID-19 mobile unit stops at Hadee Mosque in Harrisburg for a vaccination clinic. April 26, 2021. Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive.com © DAN GLEITER The Moderna vaccine is administered at the clinic. The Latino Connection COVID-19 mobile unit stops at Hadee Mosque in Harrisburg for a vaccination clinic. April 26, 2021. Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive.com

For the third week in a row, one lone Pennsylvania county is showing high transmission of COVID-19, according to Gov. Tom Wolf’s office, though it’s not the same county as last week.

Potter County, a rural county in northern Pa. with roughly 17,400 people, is the sole county with a substantial transmission rate. Last week, McKean County, also in northern Pa., was the lone county in the substantial category. It has since fallen to the low category.

The statewide percent positivity, meanwhile, has fallen to 1.9%, down from 2.9% the previous week. There are currently 62 counties that have a positivity rate lower than 5 percent. No counties are reporting a positivity rate over 20 percent.

As of June 10, the state saw an increase of 2,044 cases over seven days. The previous seven-day increase was 3,050 cases, indicating 1,006 fewer new cases across the state over the past week compared to the previous week.

“We are seeing COVID-19 case counts increasing at a much lower pace, but we still see Pennsylvanians contract the virus each day,” Gov. Wolf said in a statement. “As you learn about the benefits of getting vaccinated, consider telling your family and friends more about it and encourage them to get the best protection to fight COVID-19 and make your community a safer place.”

Pennsylvania’s mask order remains in effect for, at most, two more weeks. Pennsylvania will lift the mask order on June 28 or when 70% of the state’s adults are fully vaccinated, whichever comes first, Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said.

The Wolf administration uses three categories to gauge the transmission of COVID-19: low, moderate and substantial. This week it reported that 22 counties are seeing low spread of the coronavirus, while 44 counties are seeing moderate spread.

Here’s a look at the transmission rates in each county:

Low: Bucks, Cameron, Chester, Cumberland, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Jefferson, Juniata, McKean, Montgomery, Montour, Perry, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wyoming

Moderate: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Somerset, Tioga, Wayne, Westmoreland, York

Substantial: Potter

Throughout the pandemic, there have been 133,736 total cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds. Of that total, 550 occurred between June 4–10.

There are currently 512 people hospitalized for COVID-19. Of those, 130 are in an Intensive Care Unit. To date there have been 1,209,136 coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania and 27,514 deaths attributed to the virus.

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