Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health over the weekend confirmed that now more than 8.4 million COVID-19 vaccinations have been given throughout the state. About 49 percent of the PA population has had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Pennsylvania ranks 10th among all 50 states for first dose vaccinations.
However, the risk for COVID-19, especially for unvaccinated people, still exists. There are 2,283 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day is starting to come down, after peaking at 2,661 patients which is slightly below what it was at the height of the spring 2020 peak of 2,751 patients on May 3, 2020.
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 1, there were 3,100 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,154,105.
There are 2,283 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 518 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 is starting to come down, after peaking at 2,661 patients which is slightly below what it was at the height of the spring 2020 peak of 2,751 patients on May 3, 2020. The full 14-day moving average since the start of the pandemic can be found here.
Statewide percent positivity for the week of April 23 – April 29 stood at 7.6%.
As of 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 30, there were 35 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 26,253 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard
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. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine was first allocated to Pennsylvania the week of March 1. On Friday, April 23, the CDC and FDA notified all COVID-19 vaccine providers that the pause in administering doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine has been lifted. Following the announcement, Pennsylvania resumed Janssen vaccinations. Vaccination numbers for Pennsylvania do not include Philadelphia, which is its own jurisdiction, or federal facilities, which are working directly with the federal government.
- According to the CDC, as of Saturday morning, May 1, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 49% of its entire population, and the state ranks 10th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
- According to the CDC, as of Saturday morning, May 1, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
- Vaccine providers have administered 8,596,538 total vaccine doses as of Saturday, May 1.
- 3,493,659 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 93,077 people per day receiving vaccinations.
- 1,894,725 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
- 5,388,384 people have received at least their first dose.
- This week, a total of 8,326,640 doses will have been allocated through May 1:
- 297,520 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
- 276,520 second doses will have been allocated this week.
- To date, we have administered 8,596,538 doses total through May 1:
- First/single doses: 5,388,384 administered
- Second doses: 3,208,154 administered
Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Fully vaccinated people are permitted to participate in some activities without a mask based on CDC guidance released Tuesday. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
There are 153,222 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 639 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.
There are 4,401,685 individuals who have tested negative to date.
In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 70,714 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,807 cases among employees, for a total of 85,521 at 1,588 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 13,111 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here. Note that the number of deaths reported to NEDSS is not exactly the same as the COVID-19 related deaths reported by the death registry. The number of deaths among nursing and personal care home residents and employees is taken from the PA-NEDSS death data, as this information is not available in the death registry data.
Approximately 27,724 of our total cases are among health care workers.
Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, April 30:
- Gov. Wolf recognizes DOC employees for their efforts during COVID-19
- New COVID-19 testing sites in Luzerne County; rotating site in Centre County
While vaccine supply from the federal government remains limited, the Department of Health is working to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable and efficient. To keep Pennsylvanians informed about vaccination efforts:
- All Pennsylvanians age 16 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. The provider map is available here.
- A commonwealth COVID-19 vaccination guide explains the current process for getting one. Pennsylvanians with questions about the vaccination process can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.
- Vaccine provider map to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.
- All of the locations that received vaccine and how much they have received can be found on the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution webpage.
- Vaccine dashboard data can also be found on the website to find more information on the doses administered and showcase demographic information.
- The Unite Against COVID Weekly Update is a round-up of news you can use and answers to your most pressing vaccine questions – delivered directly to your inbox every week.
- Pennsylvanians can provide feedback on the Pennsylvania COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan by clicking on the Plan Feedback Form square under Popular Vaccine Topics here.
- Frequently asked questions can be found here.
The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Get vaccinated with one of the three safe and effective vaccines available to provide the best layer of protection.
- 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. Fully vaccinated people are allowed to participate in some activities without a mask.
- 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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