Pa. Department of Health releases weekend COVID-19 cases

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WKBN) – The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported an additional 7,480 positive cases of COVID-19 and 78 new deaths since Friday’s report when 4,506 new cases and 85 new deaths were reported.

That brings the statewide total to 1,564,939 cases and 31,455 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

There are 2,754 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 653 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. More data is available here.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients remains consistent. The full 14-day moving average since the start of the pandemic can be found here.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of Oct. 22 – Oct. 28 decreased to 8.8%.

County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

The number of COVID-19 cases among school-aged children (between 5-18 years old) is nearly four times greater this year than in 2020. In fact, between Oct. 20 and Oct. 26, 2020, there were a total of 1,368 COVID-19 cases in school-aged kids compared to 5,238 cases in the same age group during the same week in 2021.

The latest data is available in the “Updated Case and Death Information” section on the website.

There are 250,582 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases. 

There are 5,705,638 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 79,611 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 17,339 cases among employees, for a total of 96,950 at 1,645 distinct facilities. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 14,386 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 32,537 of the total cases have been among health care workers.

Vaccine highlights

Federal data representing all 67 counties:

  • According to the CDC, as of Sunday, Oct. 31, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
  • According to the CDC, as of Sunday, Oct. 31, 71.9% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Statewide data representing the 66 counties within the Department of Health’s vaccine jurisdiction:

  • Pennsylvania’s vaccine dashboard was updated Oct. 27 to more accurately reflect the number of people who are partially and fully vaccinated and account for the additional doses administered to residents in each county outside of Philadelphia. Demographic data associated with the vaccinations was also updated. The updates are part of the department’s continuous work to improve the quality of data and statistical reporting to ensure the public has the most accurate and up-to-date information. For state-to-state comparisons, refer to the CDC vaccine data tracker.
  • Vaccine providers have administered 13,909,429 total vaccine doses, including 721,443 additional doses (which includes additional shots for immunocompromised individuals and booster shots), as of Monday, Nov. 1
  • 6,462,017 people are fully vaccinated; with 125,043 vaccinations administered since Friday and a seven-day moving average of more than 44,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.

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