DOH: 204 new cases of COVID-19 reported over weekend in Cumberland County

The state Department of Health reported 204 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths for Cumberland County over the weekend.

The department reported in an update to its online dashboard Sunday that 104 new cases were reported Friday for Saturday’s report, and another 100 new cases were in Sunday’s report. Of those 204 new cases, 147 were confirmed cases of COVID-19. Judging by just the number of confirmed tests and the number of negative tests reported (366), about 28.7% of all tests came back positive in the county over the weekend.

The county’s two-day increase was the second highest in the southcentral region, though Dauphin County had 200 new cases and Franklin County had 198 new cases – as well as three additional deaths – reported Sunday.

York County again had the highest increase with nearly double what the other counties saw. The department reported that York had 407 new cases and two additional deaths.

One new death each was also reported in Lebanon and Juniata counties. The number of Cumberland County deaths remains at 548.

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 also ticked upward over the weekend. The number of patients with COVID-19 in the county rose from 61 to 63 on Saturday. Of those patients, 11 are adults in the ICU and eight patients are on ventilators.

School-age children
In its weekly update for the second week of the school year, the department reported that another 118 cases were reported among children aged 5-18 during the week of Sept. 2-8. That brings the total number of cases in Cumberland County for this school year to 282.

Cases among school-aged children in the county, according to CDC data, reached a high of 383 cases in December 2020. In total, 1,796 of the total 2,009 cases of COVID-19 reported among children in the CDC data through Aug. 24 came during the 2020-21 school year.

Statewide, there were another 5,371 cases reported among 5-18-year-olds. That brings the total number of cases for the school year to 13,525.

By comparison, there were 387 cases reported statewide during the second week of school in 2020.

Cumberland County saw increases in its in percent positivity and incidence rate per 100,000 people in the Health Department’s weekly update to its Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard Friday. Cumberland County saw its percent positivity rise to 11.8% for the week of Sept. 3-9, up from 10.6% the previous week. The incidence rate per 100,000 people increased to 170.9, up from 142.9 the previous week.