Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed that, as of Thursday, there were 5,664 additional positive cases of COVID-19.
There are 4,882 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 889 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.
Although these numbers still remain high and there is still a significant risk of the spread of the virus, it does appear that cases are plateauing or even slightly decreasing in comparison to the beginning of January. This certainly does not mean that we should get complacent, but it is a sign of hope.
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., January 21, there were 5,664 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 788,834.
There are 4,882 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 889 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. More data is available here.
The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 4,500 since the end of September.
Statewide percent positivity for the week of January 8 – January 14 stood at 12.7%.
As of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, there were 260 new deaths reported for a total of 20,128 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
There are 80,719 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 637 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.
There are 3,520,836 individuals who have tested negative to date.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 60,597 resident cases of COVID-19, and 11,372 cases among employees, for a total of 71,969 at 1,525 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of our total deaths, 10,137 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.
Approximately 21,862 of our total cases are among health care workers.
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
Pennsylvania hospitals began receiving shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 14 and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 21.
Through Jan. 20:
- 543,329 doses of the vaccine have been administered. Please note that this does include vaccine administration through the CVS as part of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership.
- There are 366,429 people who have received one dose (partially covered).
- There are 88,450 people who have received two doses (fully covered).
- The math results in 543,329 doses administered.
A spreadsheet of facilities that have received vaccine can be found here.
Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, Jan. 20:
- Announced $600 pandemic relief awards to eligible child care employees.
- Provided enforcement data from the Pennsylvania State Police.
The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
- Clean surfaces frequently.
- Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
- If you must go out, you are required to wear a mask when in a business or where it is difficult to maintain proper social distancing.
- Download the COVID Alert PA app and make your phone part of the fight. The free app can be found in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store by searching for “covid alert pa”.
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