Berks County’s COVID data fluctuated week-to-week.
One week the numbers go up, the next they go down. So it stands to reason that after last week’s surge in case counts, deaths and hospitalizations, the county is likely to fall back again this week.
And that is exactly what data updates from the State Ministry of Health show.
The number of new COVID cases and reinfections in Berks fell by more than 100 in Wednesday’s update of the state’s COVD dashboard.
The county had 666 new cases and reinfections, compared to 778 reported last week. While the county’s number dropped, it didn’t fall within the range of the 614 that was reported two weeks ago.
The county’s COVID cases per 100,000 people also fell from data reported last week. The state’s Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard showed the county had a case rate of 96 per 100,000 residents between September 14 and 20. Last week the rate was 109 per 100,000 people.
The 14.5% positivity rate in Berks was nearly 3 percentage points below the rate reported last week.
Overall, Berks has had 116,560 COVID cases during the pandemic.
Statewide, this week’s data showed 102 COVID cases per 100,000 people and a 14.3% positivity rate. The case rate fell from numbers reported last week, while the positivity rate fell by more than a percentage point.
During the pandemic, there have been 3,239,298 COVID cases in the state, with 18,981 new cases and reinfections added in Wednesday’s data update.
The state, which reports the number of Berks residents who are dying regardless of where the deaths occur, reported this week that a total of 1,662 residents in the county have died from COVID. That’s an increase of three from data reported last week.
The Berks coroner’s office, which reports COVID deaths in the county, reported in its weekly report released Tuesday that the county had 1,504 COVID deaths.
The coroner’s report added three deaths to the county’s total.
A total of 47,098 people have died from COVID nationwide, up 128 from data reported last week.
Hospitalizations of COVID patients in Berks remained at elevated levels in this week’s data update.
There were 43 hospitalized patients in the county, according to state data released Wednesday. That’s four fewer than the previous week.
Of the hospitalized patients, four were in intensive care and six were on ventilators. Both numbers are higher than the data reported last week.
Nationwide, 1,146 COVID patients were hospitalized, 25 fewer than the number reported last week.
According to the State Ministry of Health:
• The number of fully vaccinated people in Berks increased by 256 to a total of 253,226.
• The number of people who received their first booster or third dose increased by 117 to a total of 121,603.
• The number of people who received their second booster or fourth dose increased by 31 to a total of 26,307.