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:
|County||Current cases per 100,000 residents||County||Current cases per 100,000 residents|
|1) Mifflin||874||6) York||413|
|2) Franklin||561||7) Dauphin||394|
|3) Lebanon||492||8) Juniata||336|
|4) Lancaster||437||9) Adams||308|
|5) Cumberland||413||10) Perry||256|
Midstate counties ranked by COVID-19 test positivity rate for the week of Nov. 27 through Dec. 3:
|County||Test positivity rate||County||Test positivity rate|
|1) Mifflin||29.7%||6) Cumberland||16.2%|
|2) Juniata||24.0%||7) Lebanon||16.1%|
|3) Franklin||21.2%||8) York||14.8%|
|4) Perry||19.0%||9) Adams||13.8%|
|5) Dauphin||16.8%||10) Lancaster||13.7%|
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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