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PA COVID-19 Hospitalizations Rise Amid National Trend


COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pennsylvania have increased, indicating a late summer surge throughout the U.S. More than a year after Pennsylvania removed its mask mandate and other safety measures, the state saw a 17% hike in the average COVID hospitalization rate from June to July, in line with national trends based on CDC data. The predominant variant in the U.S. is now EG.5, but it’s uncertain if this variant is the cause of the surge.

However, it’s essential to note that current hospitalizations in both the state and the nation are still significantly below their highest levels during the pandemic. Specifically, Pennsylvania’s hospitalizations are down by 83% from the previous year, and nationwide, the figures have decreased by 82%. Between July 30 and August 5, the CDC recorded 10,320 hospital admissions, which is a sharp contrast to over 150,000 in a single week in January 2022.


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Timothy S. Barrick 1959-2024

Born June 13, 1959 in Carlisle, Tim was a milk truck driver, and was the owner operator of Timothy S. Barrick Inc., of Newville. 

Betty Lou Raukko 1946-2024

Betty was a self-employed artist and poet.  A Quaker-Methodist, she was known as the “Bonnet Lady.”   She is remembered as a loving, kind, happy person.

John E. Coffin 1939-2024

John was a self-employed house painter for most of his career, but later he worked at Gettysburg College in the grounds keeping department.

Ruby LaVern Seville 1940-2024

Ruby was a homemaker most of her life, but did work at the Sagner Company, as well as Johnnies Diner, and for the McConnellsburg School District in the Cafeteria.

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