COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue to rise in Erie County; 10 deaths reported last week

Erie County's unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases continued last week, spurred by the highly transmissible omicron variant.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 3,302 newly confirmed cases in the county from Jan. 7-13. It was almost 500 more cases than the previous week, which had been — by far — the highest weekly number of new cases since the pandemic's start.

COVID-19 hospitalizations also rose significantly in the county last week, from a daily average of 94.1...