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:
|County||Percent of tests positive (Oct. 30-Nov. 5)||County||Percent of tests positive (Oct. 30-Nov. 5)|
|1) Franklin||12.3%||6) Lancaster||6.5%|
|2) Juniata||9.7%||7) Perry||6.5%|
|3) Mifflin||9.5%||8) Adams||5.9%|
|4) Lebanon||8.4%||9) York||5.9%|
|5) Dauphin||7.6%||10) Cumberland||5.2%|
|County||COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents (Oct. 30-Nov. 5)||County||COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents (Oct. 30-Nov. 5)|
|1) Mifflin||257.5||6) Juniata||141.7|
|2) Lebanon||239.9||7) Adams||124.5|
|3) Franklin||175.0||8) York||88.8|
|4) Dauphin||158.8||9) Perry||80.2|
|5) Lancaster||142.2||10) Cumberland||77.6|