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HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health (DOH) announced 1,521 positive cases of COVID-19 in the past 24-hour period as cases continue to trend downward across the nation.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania now stand at 1,959, with 421 of those patients receiving care in intensive care units.

“The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day is about 3,600 lower than it was at the peak on Dec. 25. However, the current 14-day average is just below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3,” a press release from the DOH states.

Twenty-one new deaths were also reported during the daily update Monday at noon.

A total of 3,172,900 doses of both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines have been allocated by the DOH since distribution began in December. This week, 225,890 first doses are expected to be allocated along with 180,610 second doses.

Pennsylvania remains in Phase 1A of its vaccine rollout, which includes all people aged 65 and older and younger residents with high-risk health conditions.

Since the pandemic began, Pennsylvania has reported 915,018 positive tests for COVID-19 and 23,614 deaths.

Local cases

In Northumberland County, there have been 320 deaths related to COVID-19, the majority of which have occurred in residents of long term care facilities. The state reports Northumberland County has had 7,868 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since data tracking began last year.

On Monday, an additional six cases were announced in Northumberland County.

Universities

There are eight active cases of COVID-19 at Susquehanna University, five among students and three among employees.

At Bucknell University, there are 154 active cases of COVID-19, 149 of which are among students, according to the school’s website.

Nursing homes

In Northumberland County, there have been 992 cases of COVID-19 among residents of long term cafe facilities and 242 among staff members of those facilities. In total, 207 of Northumberland County’s 320 COVID-19 deaths have occurred as a result of cases tied to long term care facilities.

SCI-Coal Township outbreak

There are 174 active cases of COVID-19 at SCI-Coal Township, according to the Department of Corrections online dashboard. Of the active cases, 154 are among inmates.

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