The fall coronavirus surge is showing no sign of tapering, with Lancaster County and Pennsylvania both notching their highest one-day case totals yet.
Lancaster County recorded 368 new cases Thursday, exceeding its previous one-day record by 92. Its seven-day moving average now stands at 251 cases per day.
Pennsylvania recorded 7,126 new cases, exceeding 7,000 cases for the first time just a day after exceeding 6,000 for the first time.
One United Lancaster is tracking daily cases on its Statistics page.
The state recorded 110 deaths on Wednesday and 116 on Thursday, its worst two-day total since May. Lancaster has had three deaths over the two days, according to the county coroner.
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health has 60 Covid-19 inpatients, slightly down from its most recent peak of 66 late last week. WellSpan Ephrata Hospital has 23 inpatients, a level last seen in July.
Projections show cases increasing sharply, and health officials are worried about the potential for Thanksgiving get-togethers to cause further spread. If current trends continue, Pennsylvania will run out of ICU beds in December, Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said.
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