Berks County, Pennsylvania Covid Case and Risk Tracker

Tracking Coronavirus in Berks County, Pa.: Latest Map and Case Count

New reported cases

Apr. 2020
Oct.
Apr. 2021
Oct.
Apr. 2022
Oct.
500
1,000 cases
7-day average
66

Test positivity rate

Apr. 2020 Jan. 2023

Hospitalized

Apr. 2020 Jan. 2023

Deaths

Apr. 2020 Jan. 2023
Daily Avg. on Jan. 26 Per 100,000 14-Day Change
Cases 66 16 –20%
Test positivity 18% –3%
Hospitalized 323 32 +3%
Deaths <1 <1
About this data Sources: State and local health agencies (cases, deaths); U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (hospitalizations, test positivity). Cases and test positivity charts show 7-day averages. Deaths charts show 30-day averages. Hospitalization data is a weekly average of Covid-19 patients in hospital service areas that intersect with Berks County.

Hospitals

Share of I.C.U. beds occupied
75%
85%
95%
No data
About this data The map shows the average I.C.U. occupancy at nearby hospitals in the most recent week with data reported. The data is self-reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by individual hospitals. It excludes counts from hospitals operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service. Numbers for hospitalized patients are based on inpatient beds and include I.C.U. beds. Hospitalized Covid-19 patients include both confirmed and suspected Covid-19 patients.

Vaccinations

Fully vaccinated With a booster
All ages
63%
29%
65 and up
91%
63%

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5% of vaccinations statewide did not specify the person’s home county.

About this data Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state governments, U.S. Census Bureau.

Latest trends

  • The community level of Covid-19 in Berks County is low based on cases and hospitalizations, according to the most recent update from the C.D.C. on Jan. 26. Read more about the C.D.C.’s recommendations here.
  • The number of hospitalized Covid patients has remained at about the same level in the Berks County area. Deaths have increased.
  • The test positivity rate in Berks County is very high.
  • An average of 66 cases per day were reported in Berks County, a 20 percent decrease from the average two weeks ago. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 125,121 cases have been reported.
  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 241 residents have died of Covid-19, a total of 1,753 reported deaths.

How to read Covid data now

Higher test positivity rates are a sign that many infections are not reported — even if they are tested for at home. This results in a more severe undercount of cases. The number of hospitalized patients with Covid is a more reliable measure because testing is more consistent in hospitals. Read more about the data.

Latest trends

  • The community level of Covid-19 in Berks County is low based on cases and hospitalizations, according to the most recent update from the C.D.C. on Jan. 26. Read more about the C.D.C.’s recommendations here.
  • The number of hospitalized Covid patients has remained at about the same level in the Berks County area. Deaths have increased.
  • The test positivity rate in Berks County is very high.
  • An average of 66 cases per day were reported in Berks County, a 20 percent decrease from the average two weeks ago. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 125,121 cases have been reported.
  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 241 residents have died of Covid-19, a total of 1,753 reported deaths.

How to read Covid data now

Higher test positivity rates are a sign that many infections are not reported — even if they are tested for at home. This results in a more severe undercount of cases. The number of hospitalized patients with Covid is a more reliable measure because testing is more consistent in hospitals. Read more about the data.

Vaccinations

Fully vaccinated With a booster
All ages
63%
29%
65 and up
91%
63%

See more details ›

5% of vaccinations statewide did not specify the person’s home county.

About this data Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state governments, U.S. Census Bureau.

How trends have changed in Berks County

New reported cases by day
Apr. 2020
Oct.
Apr. 2021
Oct.
Apr. 2022
Oct.
500
1,000 cases
7-day average
66
Test positivity rate
Apr. 2020
Oct.
Apr. 2021
Oct.
Apr. 2022
Oct.
20%
40% positive
7-day average
18
Hospitalized Covid-19 patients in the Berks County area
Apr. 2020
Oct.
Apr. 2021
Oct.
Apr. 2022
Oct.
200
400
600 hospitalized
7-day average
0
New reported deaths by day
Apr. 2020
Oct.
Apr. 2021
Oct.
Apr. 2022
Oct.
5
10 deaths
30-day average
1

These are days with a reporting anomaly. Read more here.

About this data Sources: State and local health agencies (cases, deaths); U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (hospitalizations, test positivity). Cases and test positivity charts show 7-day averages. Deaths charts show 30-day averages. Hospitalization data is a weekly average of Covid-19 patients in hospital service areas that intersect with Berks County.

Average cases per capita in Berks County

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This calendar shows data through 2022 and will no longer be updated in 2023. The Times will continue to report the data for other displays on this page.

About the data

In data for Pennsylvania, The Times primarily relies on reports from the state, as well as health districts or county governments that often report ahead of the state. The state releases new data once a week, though some counties may still report new data more frequently. Pennsylvania released new data daily until May 2022. The state reports cases and deaths based on a person’s permanent or usual residence.

The Times has identified reporting anomalies or methodology changes in the data.

More about reporting anomalies or changes
  • Nov. 11, 2022: The Times began including death certificate data reconciled by the C.D.C., resulting in a one-day increase in total deaths.
  • Feb. 8, 2022: Pennsylvania removed more than 4,000 previously reported cases across many counties.
  • Nov. 13, 2021: Pennsylvania added 15,414 cases from previous months representing people who were infected twice.
  • Nov. 10, 2021: Pennsylvania added 1,667 cases from previous months representing Philadelphia residents who were infected twice.
  • Nov. 1, 2021: Pennsylvania was unable to release new data because of a technical issue.
  • Jan. 29, 2021: Pennsylvania announced a backlog of cases identified through antigen testing, including many in Berks County.
  • April 16, 2020: The total case number includes lab-confirmed and probable cases starting around April 16.

The tallies on this page include probable and confirmed cases and deaths.

Confirmed cases and deaths, which are widely considered to be an undercount of the true toll, are counts of individuals whose coronavirus infections were confirmed by a molecular laboratory test. Probable cases and deaths count individuals who meet criteria for other types of testing, symptoms and exposure, as developed by national and local governments.

Governments often revise data or report a single-day large increase in cases or deaths from unspecified days without historical revisions, which can cause an irregular pattern in the daily reported figures. The Times is excluding these anomalies from seven-day averages when possible. For agencies that do not report data every day, variation in the schedule on which cases or deaths are reported, such as around holidays, can also cause an irregular pattern in averages. The Times uses an adjustment method to vary the number of days included in an average to remove these irregularities.

Credits

By Jordan Allen, Sarah Almukhtar, Aliza Aufrichtig, Anne Barnard, Matthew Bloch, Penn Bullock, Sarah Cahalan, Weiyi Cai, Julia Calderone, Keith Collins, Matthew Conlen, Lindsey Cook, Gabriel Gianordoli, Amy Harmon, Rich Harris, Adeel Hassan, Jon Huang, Danya Issawi, Danielle Ivory, K.K. Rebecca Lai, Alex Lemonides, Eleanor Lutz, Allison McCann, Richard A. Oppel Jr., Jugal K. Patel, Alison Saldanha, Kirk Semple, Shelly Seroussi, Julie Walton Shaver, Amy Schoenfeld Walker, Anjali Singhvi, Charlie Smart, Mitch Smith, Albert Sun, Rumsey Taylor, Lisa Waananen Jones, Derek Watkins, Timothy Williams, Jin Wu and Karen Yourish.   ·   Reporting was contributed by Jeff Arnold, Ian Austen, Mike Baker, Brillian Bao, Ellen Barry, Shashank Bengali, Samone Blair, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, Aurelien Breeden, Elisha Brown, Emma Bubola, Maddie Burakoff, Alyssa Burr, Christopher Calabrese, Julia Carmel, Zak Cassel, Robert Chiarito, Izzy Colón, Matt Craig, Yves De Jesus, Brendon Derr, Brandon Dupré, Melissa Eddy, John Eligon, Timmy Facciola, Bianca Fortis, Jake Frankenfield, Matt Furber, Robert Gebeloff, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Matthew Goldstein, Grace Gorenflo, Rebecca Griesbach, Benjamin Guggenheim, Barbara Harvey, Lauryn Higgins, Josh Holder, Jake Holland, Anna Joyce, John Keefe, Ann Hinga Klein, Jacob LaGesse, Alex Lim, Alex Matthews, Patricia Mazzei, Jesse McKinley, Miles McKinley, K.B. Mensah, Sarah Mervosh, Jacob Meschke, Lauren Messman, Andrea Michelson, Jaylynn Moffat-Mowatt, Steven Moity, Paul Moon, Derek M. Norman, Anahad O’Connor, Ashlyn O’Hara, Azi Paybarah, Elian Peltier, Richard Pérez-Peña, Sean Plambeck, Laney Pope, Elisabetta Povoledo, Cierra S. Queen, Savannah Redl, Scott Reinhard, Chloe Reynolds, Thomas Rivas, Frances Robles, Natasha Rodriguez, Jess Ruderman, Kai Schultz, Alex Schwartz, Emily Schwing, Libby Seline, Rachel Sherman, Sarena Snider, Brandon Thorp, Alex Traub, Maura Turcotte, Tracey Tully, Jeremy White, Kristine White, Bonnie G. Wong, Tiffany Wong, Sameer Yasir and John Yoon.   ·   Data acquisition and additional work contributed by Will Houp, Andrew Chavez, Michael Strickland, Tiff Fehr, Miles Watkins, Josh Williams, Nina Pavlich, Carmen Cincotti, Ben Smithgall, Andrew Fischer, Rachel Shorey, Blacki Migliozzi, Alastair Coote, Jaymin Patel, John-Michael Murphy, Isaac White, Steven Speicher, Hugh Mandeville, Robin Berjon, Thu Trinh, Carolyn Price, James G. Robinson, Phil Wells, Yanxing Yang, Michael Beswetherick, Michael Robles, Nikhil Baradwaj, Ariana Giorgi, Bella Virgilio, Dylan Momplaisir, Avery Dews, Bea Malsky, Ilana Marcus, Sean Cataguni and Jason Kao.

About the data

In data for Pennsylvania, The Times primarily relies on reports from the state, as well as health districts or county governments that often report ahead of the state. The state releases new data once a week, though some counties may still report new data more frequently. Pennsylvania released new data daily until May 2022. The state reports cases and deaths based on a person’s permanent or usual residence.

The Times has identified reporting anomalies or methodology changes in the data.

More about reporting anomalies or changes
  • Nov. 11, 2022: The Times began including death certificate data reconciled by the C.D.C., resulting in a one-day increase in total deaths.
  • Feb. 8, 2022: Pennsylvania removed more than 4,000 previously reported cases across many counties.
  • Nov. 13, 2021: Pennsylvania added 15,414 cases from previous months representing people who were infected twice.
  • Nov. 10, 2021: Pennsylvania added 1,667 cases from previous months representing Philadelphia residents who were infected twice.
  • Nov. 1, 2021: Pennsylvania was unable to release new data because of a technical issue.
  • Jan. 29, 2021: Pennsylvania announced a backlog of cases identified through antigen testing, including many in Berks County.
  • April 16, 2020: The total case number includes lab-confirmed and probable cases starting around April 16.

The tallies on this page include probable and confirmed cases and deaths.

Confirmed cases and deaths, which are widely considered to be an undercount of the true toll, are counts of individuals whose coronavirus infections were confirmed by a molecular laboratory test. Probable cases and deaths count individuals who meet criteria for other types of testing, symptoms and exposure, as developed by national and local governments.

Governments often revise data or report a single-day large increase in cases or deaths from unspecified days without historical revisions, which can cause an irregular pattern in the daily reported figures. The Times is excluding these anomalies from seven-day averages when possible. For agencies that do not report data every day, variation in the schedule on which cases or deaths are reported, such as around holidays, can also cause an irregular pattern in averages. The Times uses an adjustment method to vary the number of days included in an average to remove these irregularities.