Mifflin County’s positivity rate remains highest in the state; all PA counties now higher than 5%

Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Mifflin County’s COVID-19 test positivity rate approached 30 percent — 29.7 percent, to be exact — and remained highest in all of Pennsylvania, according to weekly county-by-county data released Friday by the Department of Health. Juniata, at 24.0 percent, was second in the Midstate and fifth in the state.

By another key indicator — current COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents — Mifflin (with 874 cases per 100,000 residents) slipped to No. 2 in the state and wasn’t even close to No. 1 Montour County, which surged to 1,831 cases per 100,000. Put another way: One out of every 54 people in the county of 18,240 not far from Williamsport — in terms of geographic size, the state’s smallest county — has COVID-19, according to the data.

Midstate counties ranked by current COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents for the week of Nov. 27 through Dec. 3:

CountyCurrent cases per 100,000 residentsCountyCurrent cases per 100,000 residents
1) Mifflin8746) York413
2) Franklin5617) Dauphin394
3) Lebanon4928) Juniata336
4) Lancaster4379) Adams308
5) Cumberland41310) Perry256
(PA state average: 380; source: ABC27 analysis of Department of Health data)

Midstate counties ranked by COVID-19 test positivity rate for the week of Nov. 27 through Dec. 3:

CountyTest positivity rateCountyTest positivity rate
1) Mifflin29.7%6) Cumberland16.2%
2) Juniata24.0%7) Lebanon16.1%
3) Franklin21.2%8) York14.8%
4) Perry19.0%9) Adams13.8%
5) Dauphin16.8%10) Lancaster13.7%
(PA state average: 14.4%; source: ABC27 analysis of Department of Health data)

The last remaining county in Pennsylvania that had not yet crossed the 5-percent positivity threshold — Forest, in the northwestern part of the state — did so during the week. In October, when most counties remained below that level, Dr. Rachel Levine called 5 percent “a crossroads.” The statewide average is now 14.4 percent.

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