Franklin Co. cases surge, Lebanon Co. subsides, amid grim Midstate PA and statewide COVID-19 trends

Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Franklin County’s COVID-19 test positivity rate is highest in the Midstate for the second week in a row, while Mifflin County’s cases per 100,000 residents — which Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine has previously said is among the most important metrics — leads all 10 Midstate counties in that regard.

Franklin’s positivity rate of 12.3 percent was also fourth-highest among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties; Mifflin’s cases per 100,000 of 275.5 were fourth-highest in Pennsylvania.

Lebanon, which previously was highest in the Midstate (and in one case all of Pennsylvania) in COVID-19 metrics, was one of two Midstate counties with fewer virus diagnoses for the most recent week reported (Oct. 30 – Nov. 5) compared to the previous week. York also improved in that regard.

All 10 Midstate counties had positivity rates higher than 5 percent, a level Levine has previously called “a crossroads.” The previous week, three Midstate counties — Adams, Perry and Juniata — had positivity rates below that level.

Midstate PA’s 10 counties, ranked by two key metrics:

CountyPercent of tests positive (Oct. 30-Nov. 5)CountyPercent of tests positive (Oct. 30-Nov. 5)
1) Franklin12.3%6) Lancaster6.5%
2) Juniata9.7%7) Perry6.5%
3) Mifflin9.5%8) Adams5.9%
4) Lebanon8.4%9) York5.9%
5) Dauphin7.6%10) Cumberland5.2%
PA statewide average: 6.9%

CountyCOVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents (Oct. 30-Nov. 5)CountyCOVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents (Oct. 30-Nov. 5)
1) Mifflin257.56) Juniata141.7
2) Lebanon239.97) Adams124.5
3) Franklin175.08) York88.8
4) Dauphin158.89) Perry80.2
5) Lancaster142.210) Cumberland77.6
PA statewide average: 124.8

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