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Covid tears through Adams as hospital remains taxed

Statistics from the PA Department of Health show dramatic increases in the prevalence of COVID-19 across the state. The number of reported cases was higher on Wednesday than it has been on any day since the start of the pandemic.

Data from Adams County show a similar progression, but with an even steeper increase. According to the Center for Disease Control, Adams showed the greatest weekly increase in cases across all counties over the past week, with over 1,400 more positive COVID tests reported in the last 7 days than in the 7 days prior.

Although Adams has less than one percent of the population of Pennsylvania, it accounted for almost 5 percent of the increase in the state cases over the past week.

The Gettysburg Hospital remains at over 100 percent capacity, although the number of patients has decreased somewhat from its high of 58 two weeks ago to 45 on Wednesday. 120 people have died of COVID in the hospital since the pandemic began.

Officials continue to say that face masks, social distancing, and vaccinations remain the best defenses against catching Covid. 

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Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection's Publisher and Editor in Chief.

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