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Saturday virus update: 6,778 new cases

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported Saturday that there were 6,778 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 302,564.

There are 3,162 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. The state said we have reached levels seen in May when hospitalizations were at their highest. Of that number, 661 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

The trend in the 14-day moving average of number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 1,900 since the end of September.

There were 112 new deaths reported for a total of 9,801 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

In nursing and personal care homes since the start of the pandemic, there have been 31,548 resident cases of COVID-19, and 6,357 cases among employees, for a total of 37,905 at 1,207 distinct facilities in 63 counties. Out of the total deaths, 6,266 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 13,968 of the total cases are among health care workers.

Carbon County reported 1,028 cases, an increase of 20 since Thursday. Two additional deaths have been reported for at total of 40.

Lehigh County 9,694 cases, an increase of 241. Three additional deaths have been reported for a total of 379.

Luzerne County reported 8,156, an increase of 190 cases. Two additional deaths have been reported for a total of 246.

Monroe County reported 2,844 cases, an increase of 62. Deaths remain at 138.

Northampton County reported 7,666 cases, an increase of 194 cases. An additional death has been reported, which brings the total to 326.

Schuylkill County reported 3,331, an increase of 91. Eight more deaths were reported, which brings the total to 157.