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PA Capitol Prepared For Protests

Armed marches to statehouses are planned around the country on Sunday and in the wake of the recent riot by pro-Trump supporters at the nation’s Capitol, law enforcement officials in Pennsylvania says they are ready to respond to any threat. Local officials say dozens of members from the National Guard will supplement members from various federal and state agencies along with helicopters, drones and horse-mounted officers. Pennsylvania State Police Deputy Commissioner of Operations Lieutenant Colonel Scott Price says residents can also play a part by calling them if they see anything suspicious.  The complex has been closed since last spring due to the pandemic.

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PA COVID-19 & Vaccine Distribution Update Thursday PM

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., January 14, that there were 7,175 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 748,564.

There are 5,069 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, near double the peak in the spring. Of that number, 1,035 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.Opens In A New Window

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 5,000 since the end of September.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of January 1 – January 7 stood at 14.4%.

The most accurate daily data is available on the websiteOpens In A New Window, with archived data also availableOpens In A New Window.

As of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, there were 313 new deaths reported for a total of 18,742 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard. Opens In A New Window

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 74,094 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 3,427,975 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 58,577 resident cases of COVID-19, and 11,010 cases among employees, for a total of 69,587 at 1,507 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of our total deaths, 9,823 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.Opens In A New Window

Approximately 21,217 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. 13:

373,529 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 269,279 people that have received one dose (partially covered).
There are 52,125 people that have received two doses (fully covered).
The math is 269,279 + 52,125(2) = 373,529 doses administered.

A spreadsheet of facilities that have received vaccine can be found hereOpens In A New Window.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, Jan. 13:

Provided the latest CMU metricsOpens In A New Window report.
Announced statewide virtual photo exhibitOpens In A New Window to highlight COVID-19 experiences.
Announced Jan. 15 deadline to sign up for state-based health coverage Opens In A New Windowmarketplace.
Provided the latest Pennsylvania State Police enforcementOpens In A New Window efforts.

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 StoreOpens In A New Window and the Apple App StoreOpens In A New Window by searching for “covid alert pa”.

Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics

Daily COVID-19 ReportOpens In A New Window
Press releases regarding coronavirusOpens In A New Window
Latest information on the coronavirusOpens In A New Window
Photos of the state’s lab in ExtonOpens In A New Window (for download and use)
Coronavirus and preparedness graphicsOpens In A New Window (located at the bottom of the page)
Community preparedness and procedures materialsOpens In A New Window

All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-AlertsOpens In A New Window.

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York City Asks Residents For Input Today On Wastewater Treatment Plant Sale

Residents of York City can express their ideas about the sale of the city’s wastewater treatment plant during two community input sessions set for today. Mayor Michael Helfrich says if the sale does not go through, taxes will have to increase by nearly 50% along with job reductions. Pennsylvania American Water has agreed to purchase the plant for $235 million dollars. The goal is to use the money to fill a hole in the city’s budget. Today’s input sessions are set for noon and 6pm.

Zoom link for the meetings:

https://zoom.us/j/98804351062?pwd=ZTJ5L0U4c0VsZHBydk5xWjVmWGt3UT09

Passcode: 543212

Meeting call-in number: 1-646-876-9923 or 1-301-715-8592
Webinar ID: 988 0435 1062
Passcode: 54321

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PA COVID-19 Update Wednesday PM

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., January 13, that there were 7,960 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 741,389.

There are 5,204 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, near double the peak in the spring. Of that number, 1,060 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 5,000 since the end of September.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of January 1 – January 7 stood at 14.4%.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, January 12, there were 349 new deaths reported for a total of 18,429 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 72,728 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 638 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 3,416,372 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 58,177 resident cases of COVID-19, and 10,867 cases among employees, for a total of 69,044 at 1,505 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of our total deaths, 9,793 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 21,017 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. 12:

342,588 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 257,320 people that have received one dose (partially covered).
There are 42,634 people that have received two doses (fully covered).
The math is 257,320 + 42,634(2) = 342,588 doses administered.

A spreadsheet of facilities that have received vaccine can be found here.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, Jan. 12:

Provided an update on COVID-19, stressing vaccine safety and efficacy.
Provided the latest Department of Agriculture enforcement efforts.
Provided the latest Department of State enforcement efforts.
Provided the latest Pennsylvania State Police enforcement efforts.

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 StoreOpens In A New Window and the Apple App StoreOpens In A New Window by searching for “covid alert pa”.

Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics

Daily COVID-19 Report
Press releases regarding coronavirus
Latest information on the coronavirus
Photos of the state’s lab in ExtonOpens In A New Window (for download and use)
Coronavirus and preparedness graphics (located at the bottom of the page)
Community preparedness and procedures materialsOpens In A New Window

All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.

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PA COVID-19 Update Tuesday PM

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., January 12, that there were 7,275 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 733,429.

There are 5,232 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, near double the peak in the spring. Of that number, 1,070 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 5,100 since the end of September.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of January 1 – January 7 stood at 14.4%.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

As of 11:59 p.m. Monday, January 11, there were 227 new deaths reported for a total of 18,080 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 70,946 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 638 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 3,403,160 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 57,724 resident cases of COVID-19, and 10,754 cases among employees, for a total of 68,478 at 1,500 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of our total deaths, 9,418 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 20,860 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. 11:

311,477 doses of the vaccine have been administered. Please note that this does not include vaccine administration through the CVS as part of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership.

A spreadsheet of facilities that have received vaccine can be found here.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, Jan. 11:

Provided an update on the Early Warning Monitoring dashboard.
Provided latest Pennsylvania State Police enforcement efforts.

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 StoreOpens In A New Window and the Apple App StoreOpens In A New Window by searching for “covid alert pa”.

Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics

Daily COVID-19 Report
Press releases regarding coronavirus
Latest information on the coronavirus
Photos of the state’s lab in ExtonOpens In A New Window (for download and use)
Coronavirus and preparedness graphics (located at the bottom of the page)
Community preparedness and procedures materialsOpens In A New Window

All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.

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State Health Officials: Get The Flu Vaccine

Harrisburg, PA – Deputy Secretary of Health Preparedness and Community Protection Ray Barishansky today provided an update on flu season and urged Pennsylvanians to get their flu vaccine as the flu season intensifies.

“We are entering the heart of flu season and are just a couple months away from being a year into the COVID-19 pandemic,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Since COVID-19 and the flu have similar symptoms, I encourage you to monitor your health by tracking your symptoms daily in the ‘check-in’ feature in the COVID Alert PA app. Finally, continue wearing a mask, washing your hands, social distancing, and following all of the mitigation efforts in place. Let’s all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the flu.”

Flu activity is currently low across the commonwealth. As of January 2, there have been 1,323 laboratory-confirmed flu cases and seven flu-associated deaths statewide. There are flu cases in 51 of the 67 counties. Influenza A and B have been identified by laboratory testing. The percent of outpatient visits associated with Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) has been low and is still below the state epidemic threshold. A total of 18 influenza associated hospitalizations have been reported in Pennsylvania during the current flu season. The full flu report can be found on the 2020-2021 flu season webpage, here.

The department’s epidemiologists continue to monitor flu activity. A multidisciplinary working group comprised of internal and external partners is prepared to quickly respond to increased flu activity over the upcoming winter months.

“COVID-19 hospitalizations are at an all-time high and we cannot afford to have a flu epidemic in Pennsylvania at the same time as this global pandemic,” Deputy Secretary of Health Preparedness and Community Protection Ray Barishansky said. “If you have not already gotten your flu vaccine this season, please start the new year off by doing so. We know that people who get the flu after being vaccinated have a less severe case and are not sick for as long as those who do not get vaccinated. Keeping Pennsylvanians safe and healthy remains our number one concern.”

The flu vaccines are available as a shot for anyone 6 months or older and as a shot or nasal spray for anyone age 2 or older. Flu vaccines are available at your doctor’s office, pharmacy, local clinics or grocery store. A list of upcoming flu clinics can be found here.

Flu is a contagious disease caused by the influenza virus. It attacks the nose, throat and lungs and may include the following symptoms:

Fever;
Headache;
Tiredness;
Dry cough;
Sore throat;
Nasal congestion; and
Body aches.

In addition to getting vaccinated, Pennsylvanians are encouraged to practice healthy habits such as covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, frequently washing your hands, and remembering to disinfect commonly touched objects including door knobs, light switches, countertops, cell phones and computers. Furthermore, Pennsylvanians are encouraged to practice COVID-19 safety measures such as wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding small and large gatherings and downloading the COVID Alert PA app.

If you do become sick with the flu, it is imperative that you stay home. If you are at risk for developing serious complications from the flu, or feel extremely ill, you should see a medical professional immediately.

Additional information on how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of flu and COVID-19 can be found on the Department of Health’s website, FacebookOpens In A New Window, and TwitterOpens In A New Window.

The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of the flu and 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 StoreOpens In A New Window and the Apple App StoreOpens In A New Window by searching for “covid alert pa”.

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PA COVID-19 Update Monday PM

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., January 11, that there were 5,338 additional positive cases of COVID-19, in addition to 7,506 new cases reported Sunday, January 10 for a two-day total of 12,844 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 726,154. Case counts today are low as a result of technical maintenance to the data server on Sunday. This technical maintenance did not impact the death reporting system on Sunday or Monday as the death data comes from a different server.

There are 5,201 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, near double the peak in the spring. Of that number, 1,062 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 5,100 since the end of September.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of January 1 – January 7 stood at 14.4%.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

As of 11:59 p.m. Saturday, January 9, there were 103 new deaths and as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 10, there were 83 new deaths reported for a total of 17,853 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 69,499 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 3,392,246 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 57,376 resident cases of COVID-19, and 10,567 cases among employees, for a total of 67,943 at 1,495 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of our total deaths, 9,383 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 20,610 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. 10:

· 285,671 doses of the vaccine have been administered. Please note that this does not include vaccine administration through the CVS as part of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership.

A spreadsheet of facilities that have received vaccine can be found here.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, Jan. 10:

Provided latest Pennsylvania State Police enforcement efforts.

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 StoreOpens In A New Window and the Apple App StoreOpens In A New Window by searching for “covid alert pa”.

Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics

Daily COVID-19 Report
Press releases regarding coronavirus
Latest information on the coronavirus
Photos of the state’s lab in ExtonOpens In A New Window (for download and use)
Coronavirus and preparedness graphics (located at the bottom of the page)
Community preparedness and procedures materialsOpens In A New Window

All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.

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2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show Goes Virtual

The in-person version of the Pennsylvania Farm Show was cancelled months ago due to the ongoing pandemic.  But the virtual version is now underway and runs through this Saturday.  Check the schedule for events, links to web cams and vendors and more at farmshow.pa.gov.

 

 

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Biker Dead In I-83 Crash

A motorcycle driver was killed in a crash on I-83 in York County Sunday.  The Coroner’s Office says the accident happened just before 4pm in Newberry Township near MileMarker-32.  State Police say the rider was traveling at a high rate of speed with other riders when one of the bikers hit a vehicle and lost control.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  The identity is being withheld pending family notification.
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Pedestrian From York Co. Killed In Dauphin Co.

A York County woman was stuck by a vehicle and killed over the weekend in Dauphin County.  State Police say 31-year old Sarah Cook was found dead in the road along the northbound lanes of I-81 near Exit-69 Progress Avenue in Susquehanna Township early Saturday morning.  Anyone who can help the investigation is asked to call troopers in the  Harrisburg barracks at 717-671-7500.

 

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Fatal York Co. Fire Victim Identified

The York County man who died in a fire at his home last week has been identified.  The Coroner’s Office says 88-year old Walter Krout was working on an oil furnace along the 6300-block of Pine Road in Jackson Township last Thursday morning.  That’s when a fire erupted and he was burned while trying to extinguish the flames.  Krout was pronounced dead Thursday evening.

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PA COVID-19 Update Saturday

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., January 9, that there were 10,045 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 713,310.

There are 5,318 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, near double the peak in the spring. Of that number, 1,092patients 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 5,200 since the end of September.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

As of 11:59 p.m. Friday, January 8, there were 273 new deaths reported for a total of 17,667 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 68,275 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 3,367,593 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 56,791 resident cases of COVID-19, and 10,543 cases among employees, for a total of 67,334 at 1,492 distinct facilities inall 67 counties. Out of our total deaths, 9,365 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 20,545 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. 8:

  • 223,025 doses of the vaccine have been administered. Please note that this does not include vaccine administered through the CVS as part of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership.

A spreadsheet of facilities that have received vaccine can be found here.

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 StoreOpens In A New Window and the Apple App StoreOpens In A New Window by searching for “covid alert pa”.

Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics

All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.

 

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PA COVID-19 Update Thursday PM

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., January 7, that there were 9,698 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 693,087.

There are 5,613 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, near double the peak in the spring. Of that number, 1,120 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 5,300 since the end of September.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of December 25 – December 31 stood at 15.0%.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

As of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, there were 265 new deaths reported for a total of 17,179 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 64,815 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 3,337,716 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 55,864 resident cases of COVID-19, and 10,313 cases among employees, for a total of 66,177 at 1,489 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of our total deaths, 9,311 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 20,148 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. 6:

177,229 doses of the vaccine have been administered.

A spreadsheet of facilities that have received vaccine can be found here.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, Jan. 6:

Provided the latest CMU metrics.
Provided latest Pennsylvania State Police enforcement efforts.

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 StoreOpens In A New Window and the Apple App StoreOpens In A New Window by searching for “covid alert pa”.

Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics

Daily COVID-19 Report
Press releases regarding coronavirus
Latest information on the coronavirus
Photos of the state’s lab in ExtonOpens In A New Window (for download and use)
Coronavirus and preparedness graphics (located at the bottom of the page)
Community preparedness and procedures materialsOpens In A New Window

All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.

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Chaos At The State Capitol

The Pennsylvania Senate’s swearing-in ceremony devolved into a chaotic scene on Tuesday when state GOP senators refused to seat a Democratic member who had won reelection. Republicans who controlled the chamber also seized control of the proceedings from the Democratic lieutenant governor after his objections. Democratic Sen. Jim Brewster, whose narrow win in November was certified, is being challenged by his GOP opponent. Nicole Ziccarelli claims some Allegheny County mail-in ballots that didn’t include handwritten dates on their outer declaration envelopes should not have been counted.

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One Dead In York Co. Fire

A State Police Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of Sunday night’s fatal fire in York County. The Coroner’s Office says crews responded to the blaze at around 11pm along the 6700-block of Lineboro Road in West Manheim Township. Officials say they found the lone resident dead inside. The victim has been identified as 67-year old Roman Lucabaugh Jr. The manner of death has been ruled accidental.

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Temporary Mitigation For PA Restaurants Ends At 8am

Restaurants may once again open at 50% capacity for indoor dining later today if they have completed the online self-certification process. The extra temporary mitigation had been ordered 3-weeks ago as the commonwealth began to experience a surge in COVID-19 positive cases. State officials say the self-certification process is open to all restaurants, ​private social clubs and ​food service businesses that serve dine-in, sit down food in a regular, non-event capacity. Social distancing, masking, and other mitigation measures must be employed to protect workers and patrons. Meanwhile, state health officials confirm an additional 4,579-positives on Saturday, bringing the overall total to 661,871. The death toll added 56-names bringing the overall total to 16,295 since the pandemic began.

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Lancaster Co. Standoff Ends

A roughly 9-hour standoff Sunday in Lancaster County ended with an arrest. Police say one person was injured during the incident at a home near Goldfinch Drive and Klinesville Road in West Hempfield Township. Officers say one man was taken into custody but they didn’t release the name or the charges.

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PA Lawmaker Dies

The holiday weekend was a sad one for Republicans in the state House. Officials say 42-year old Rep. Mike Reese who served Westmoreland and Somerset Counties in western Pa. died Saturday from an apparent brain aneurysm. Reese was first elected to the state House in 2008 and in the current session he was the House Republican Caucus chairman.

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PA COVID Update 1/2/21

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., January 2, there were 9,253 new cases, in addition to 7,714 new cases reported Friday, January 1 for a two-day total of 16,967 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 657,292.

There are 5,624 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 1,172 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 of number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 5,500 since the end of September.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of December 25 – December 31 stood at 15%.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

As of 11:59 p.m., Thursday, December 31, there were 236 new deaths and as of 11:59 p.m., Friday, January 1 there were 25 new deaths reported for a total of reported for a total of 16,239 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 56,876 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 3,289,508 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 54,151 resident cases of COVID-19, and 9,812 cases among employees, for a total of 63,963 at 1,476 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of our total deaths, 9,004 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 19,400 of our total cases are among health care workers.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Pennsylvanian 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. 1:

·       128,800 doses of the vaccine have been administered.

A spreadsheet of facilities that have received vaccine can be found here.

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 StoreOpens In A New Window and the Apple App StoreOpens In A New Window by searching for “covid alert pa”.

Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics

All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.

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Texas Man Charged With Attacking Former Girlfriend In Lancaster Co.

A Texas man who allegedly traveled to Lancaster County to attack a former girlfriend has been arrested in Maryland. The District Attorney’s Office says 35-year old Tomas Martinez-Martinez of Houston was taken into custody Monday afternoon at BWI Airport as he attempted to return to the Lone Star state. West Hempfield Township Police say Martinez-Martinez is charged with multiple offenses including felony counts of strangulation and intimidating a witness. Officers say the suspect tracked the victim to a home on Quarry Road, where he repeatedly punched her, strangled her and threatened to kill her children. Martinez-Martinez also broke the woman’s phone so she couldn’t call police. The suspect is awaiting extradition back to Lancaster.

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