Blair County added 20 more COVID-19 cases over the weekend, including 10 Sunday, while Cambria County added 17 over the two-day span, according to figures released by the state Department of Health.

To the west, Indiana County added 16 cases over Saturday and Sunday, and Westmoreland County added 29, numbers show.

Somerset County added four cases Sunday after keeping its total steady the day before, while Bedford added two cases.

The local totals were among 654 news cases announced statewide Sunday.

For the first time in several weeks, that number was lower than the count released statewide the previous Sunday, even though most local counties are seeing their daily case rate inch upward.

Over the past week, Blair and Cambria counties each added 48 cases and now have  224 and 267 cases, respectively.

Somerset County added 18 to bring its total to 124.

Indiana County added 54, marking its most case-heavy week since the first few weeks virus test results were reported.

Bedford County added seven, continuing its slowdown after seeing spikes a month earlier.

While numbers and testing both remain up across the area, statewide figures from the Department of Health indicated the rate of serious cases dropped a bit from last week.

In Pennsylvania medical centers across the state, 564 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 on Sunday – down from 707 the week before.

The state does not list county-by-county hospitalizations.

David Hurst is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5053. Follow him on Twitter @TDDavidHurst and Instagram @TDDavidHurst.

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