The statewide recovery rate for COVID-19 patients has risen all three days it has been reported.
Beginning Tuesday the Department of Health began reporting “recovery rate” daily along with its other tracked COVID-19 statistics.
On Tuesday the recovery rate was listed at 61 percent. On Wednesday, it was 62 percent, and on Thursday the rate rose to 64 percent.
According to the state Department of Health's website, the statistic is a calculation determined using a similar formula to one used by several other states.
If a case has not been reported as a death, and it is more than 30 days past the date of their first positive test or onset of symptoms, then an individual is considered recovered.
In Wednesday's daily briefing, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said the statistic was requested by many residents and media outlets, and the state was responding in turn to those requests. She said at this time, the department does not have a county breakdown of recovery rates.
The following numbers on the coronavirus pandemic were compiled from the regular news releases from the state Department of Health figures.
Thursday's COVID-19 statistics:
Confirmed cases: 226
Negative tests: 3,608
New cases: 625
Total cases: 70,042
New deaths: 108
Total deaths: 5,373
Negative tests: 357,804
Recovered: 64 percent
Allegheny: 1,851 confirmed cases; 28,956 negative; and 161 deaths
Armstrong: 62 confirmed; 1,210 negative; and 4 deaths
Beaver: 579 confirmed; 3,533 negative; and 72 deaths
Clarion: 25 confirmed; 667 negative; and 2 deaths
Lawrence: 74 confirmed; 1,267 negative; and 8 deaths
Mercer: 106 confirmed; 1,501 negative; and 4 deaths
Venango: 8 confirmed and 496 negative
Westmoreland: 443 confirmed; 8,899 negative; and 38 deaths