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PA House Passes Election Reform Bill

The Pennsylvania House Tuesday passed the Voting Rights Protection Act, mostly along party lines. Republican Representative Seth Grove of York County, the chairman of the House State Government Committee authored the legislation, and he described the proposal as solid election reform. The legislation would require voter ID, and allow counties to begin processing mail and absentee ballots before election day, among other changes. The bill now goes to the Senate. But Governor Wolf says he will veto the measure adding “The lawmakers behind this bill are the same ones who asked Congress to throw out PA votes and whose lies directly contributed to the Jan. 6 insurrection.”

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PA Workers Strike

Nearly 800-workers in 12-nursing homes in Pennsylvania have voted to authorize a 10-day strike notice. Two of the homes are in our region; Rose City Health and Rehab in Lancaster and Gardens at Blue Ridge in Harrisburg. The employees say higher wages and improving healthcare need to be addressed.

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Report: PA Bridges Need Repairs

Pennsylvania’s interstate highways and bridges are in desperate need of repair. That from a report by a non-profit called TRIP. Their study say the Commonwealth is the 11th worst state in the nation for the condition of the interstate system and 12th worst regarding interstate bridges.

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Lights Out For Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge

The annual emergence of the mayflies in the Susquehanna River has led officials to shut off the lights on the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge. The bugs are attracted to the bridge’s lights and they die in such numbers that they have caused accidents in the past. Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians are asked to use extra caution at night as the lights will stay off for several weeks.

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Man Shot While Driving In York City Dies

York City has recorded its 7th homicide of the year. Police say 33-year old Willmar Santos-Batista was shot just before 10pm Sunday night while driving near South West Street and West Mason Avenue. Officers say the victim then crashed his vehicle into a pole. Santos-Batista died at the hospital early Monday. An autopsy is scheduled for today at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. Anyone who can help the investigation is asked to call the Anonymous Tip Line at 717-849-2204.

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York Woman Dead In Lancaster Co. Traffic Accident

A woman from York was killed after a head-on crash on Route 30 in Lancaster County. West Hempfield Township Police say it happened at around 6:15pm Saturday near the Malleable Road overpass. The victim’s identity has not yet been released. Officers say 6-people were taken to the hospital. Route 30 was closed for 5-hours for the investigation. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact police.

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Miss PA Crowned In York

Miss Pennsylvania 2021 was crowned over the weekend in York. Meghan Sinisi from Altoona will represent the Keystone State at the 100th Miss America competition in December. First runner up was Miss Berks County, Alyssa Bainbridge. The 3-day competition was held at the Appell Center.

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PA COVID-19 Update Saturday

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m. Thursday, June 17, there were 277 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,209,725.

There are 465 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 114 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 continues to drop, 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 June 4 – June 10 stood at 1.9%.

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

Between 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, there were 15 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,546 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.

Vaccine highlights

Federal data representing all 67 counties – Please note, the CDC has not published updated vaccine data since June 16:

  • According to the CDC, as of Wednesday morning, June 16, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 61.1% of its entire population, and the state ranks 9th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
  • According to the CDC, as of Wednesday morning, June 16, 57.8% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated while 73.7% have received their first dose.
  • According to the CDC, as of Wednesday morning, June 16, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

 

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

  • Vaccine providers have administered 11,330,117 total vaccine doses as of Thursday, June 17.
  • 5,177,770 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 34,300 people per day receiving vaccinations.
  • 1,400,279 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  • 6,578,049 people have received at least their first dose.

 

  • This week, a total of 12,546,160 doses will have been allocated through June 19:
    • 299,960 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
    • 299,960 second doses will have been allocated this week.

 

  • To date, we have administered 11,330,117 doses total through June 16:
    • First/single doses:  6,578,049 administered
    • Second doses:  4,752,068 administered

Fully vaccinated people may choose not to wear a mask indoors or outdoors unless the business or organization requires it, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There are 163,153 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 4,700,256 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,936 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,514 cases among employees, for a total of 87,450 at 1,596 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 13,338 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 28,944 of our total cases are among health care workers.

Statewide the Wolf Administration has since noon June 16:

The Department of Health is working to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable and efficient to all Pennsylvanians:

  • All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. Use Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Former PA Governor Tom Ridge Suffers Stroke

Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge is in “critical but stable” condition after he suffered a stroke. Ridge’s family says he was conscious when he was transported from his Maryland home to a Washington, D.C. hospital Wednesday morning. The 75-year-old underwent surgery to remove a blood clot. Ridge was a six-term congressman from Erie, as well as being named the first U.S. Homeland Security Secretary.

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PA COVID-19 Update Wednesday PM

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, there were 312 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,209,448.

There are 492 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 129 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 continues to drop, 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 June 4 – June 10 stood at 1.9%.

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

Between 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, there were 17 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,531 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.

Vaccine highlights

Federal data representing all 67 counties:

  • ·According to the CDC, as of Wednesday morning, June 16, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 61.1% of its entire population, and the state ranks 9th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
  • According to the CDC, as of Wednesday morning, June 16, 57.8% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated while 73.7% have received their first dose.
  • According to the CDC, as of Wednesday morning, June 16 Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

 

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

  • Vaccine providers have administered 11,287,213 total vaccine doses as of Wednesday, June 16.
  • 5,148,859 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 34,500 people per day receiving vaccinations.
  • 1,413,224 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  • 6,562,083 people have received at least their first dose.

 

  • This week, a total of 12,546,160 doses will have been allocated through June 19:
    • 299,960 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
    • 299,960 second doses will have been allocated this week.

 

  • To date, we have administered 11,287,213 doses total through June 15
    • First/single doses:  6,562,083 administered
    • Second doses:  4,725,130 administered

Fully vaccinated people may choose not to wear a mask indoors or outdoors unless the business or organization requires it, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There are 163,149 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 4,692,301 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,916 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,499 cases among employees, for a total of 87,415 at 1,596 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 13,334 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 28,926 of our total cases are among health care workers.

Statewide the Wolf Administration has since noon June 15:

The Department of Health is working to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable and efficient to all Pennsylvanians:

  • All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. Use Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Tuesday PM

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, there were 453 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,209,136.

There are 512 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 130 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 continues to drop, 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 hereOpens In A New Window.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of June 4 – June 10 stood at 1.9%.

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

Between 11:59 p.m. Monday, June 14, there were 24 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,514 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

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 23Opens In A New Window, 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.

Vaccine highlights

Federal data representing all 67 counties:

  • According to the CDC, as of Tuesday morning, June 15, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 60.9% of its entire population, and the state ranks 9th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
  • According to the CDC, as of Tuesday morning, June 15, 57.5% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated while 73.6% have received their first dose.
  • According to the CDC, as of Tuesday morning, June 15 Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

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

  • Vaccine providers have administered 11,244,192 total vaccine doses as of Monday, June 14.
  • 5,082,669 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 35,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.
  • 1,427,660 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  • 6,546,417 people have received at least their first dose.
  • This week, a total of 12,546,160 doses will have been allocated through June 19:
    • 299,960 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
    • 299,960 second doses will have been allocated this week.
  • To date, we have administered 11,244,192 doses total through June 14:
    • First/single doses:  6,546,417 administered
    • Second doses:  4,697,775 administered

Fully vaccinated people may choose not to wear a mask indoors or outdoors unless the business or organization requires it, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There are 163,101 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 4,686,041 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,922 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,486 cases among employees, for a total of 87,408 at 1,596 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 13,331 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.Opens In A New Window 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 28,910 of our total cases are among health care workers.

The Department of Health is working to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable and efficient to all Pennsylvanians:

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.
  • 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

PA COVID-19 Update Monday PM

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that between 12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 12 through 12:00 a.m., Monday, June 14, there was a three-day total of 808 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,208,683.

There are 572 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 158 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 percentage of COVID-19 cases in 0-to-49-year-olds is rising as indicated by the COVID-19 age distribution of COVID-19 cases from January 2021 to date on June 13, 2021:

 

Age RangePercent of cases in JanuaryPercent of cases through June 13
​0-41.7%​3.5%​
​5-124.0%​6.6%​
​13-186.3%​8.5%​
19-24​10.5%​11.0​%
25-49​​37.5%​38.2%
50-64​22.4%​18.4​%
65 and older​17.7%​9.7%​

 

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per continues to drop, 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 June 4 – June 10 stood at 1.9%.

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

Between 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 11 and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 13, there were 33 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,490 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.

 

Vaccine highlights

Federal data representing all 67 counties:

  • According to the CDC, as of Monday morning, June 14, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 60.3% of its entire population, and the state ranks 9th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
  • According to the CDC, as of Monday morning, June 14, 57.3% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated while 73.4% have received their first dose.
  • According to the CDC, as of Monday morning, June 14 Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

 

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

  • Vaccine providers have administered 11,188,860 total vaccine doses as of Monday, June 14.
  • 5,082,669 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 34,700 people per day receiving vaccinations.
  • 1,442,369 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  • 6,525,038 people have received at least their first dose.

 

  • This week, a total of 12,546,160 doses will have been allocated through June 19:
    • 299,960 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
    • 299,960 second doses will have been allocated this week.

 

  • To date, we have administered 11,188,860 doses total through June 13:
    • First/single doses:  6,525,038 administered
    • Second doses:  4,663,822 administered

Fully vaccinated people may choose not to wear a mask indoors or outdoors unless the business or organization requires it, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There are 163,025 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 4,678,670 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,905 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,486 cases among employees, for a total of 87,391 at 1,596 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 13,329 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 28,905 of our total cases are among health care workers.

The Department of Health is working to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable and efficient to all Pennsylvanians:

  • All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. Use Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Weekend Local Fires

No word yet on the cause of a apartment house fire in Hanover Borough Sunday afternoon. Officials say there were no injuries in the 2-alarm blaze that broke out just after 2:30p along the 100 block of East Middle Street. Meanwhile, State Police are investigating an arson in York County. Troopers blames the flames that damaged an abandoned home on Thompson Road in Shrewsbury Township late Saturday night on a discharged Roman candle firework. Anyone with more information is asked to contact police.

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Traffic Accident In Lancaster Co. Leaves Biker Dead

A biker in Lancaster County died in a two-vehicle crash on Sunday afternoon. Northern Regional Police say Jose Rosario-Paredes, of Lancaster, was traveling along the 100-block of Auction Road in Penn Township at around 3pm when he lost control on a sharp curve, crossed the center yellow line and slammed into an on-coming pick-up truck.

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One Wounded In York City Shooting

A weekend shooting in York City leaves one man wounded. Police say gunfire was reported along the 500-block of Walnut Street at around 5pm Saturday, but officers were unable to find the victim. Then about 30-minutes later, a 27-year old man arrived at a local hospital in a private vehicle. Police say his wound was non-life threatening. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police.

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Biker Dead In York County

A motorcyclist died after his bike crashed into a parked truck in York County. Northern York County Regional Police say the accident happened just before 1:30p Saturday afternoon in the area of Seven Valleys and Grothey Roads. The Coroner’s Office identifies the victim as 24-year old David Scheidegg of Rising Sun, Maryland.

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Pedestrian Death In Lancaster Co.

The investigation into a pedestrian death in Lancaster County is ongoing. State Police say 21-year old Joshua Ober of Willow Street was trying to cross Willow Street Pike South in Pequea Township early Friday morning when he was hit by a car. No word yet on if charges will be filed against the driver.

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Human Remains Found Behind Lancaster Co. Store

An employee taking out the trash in Lancaster County Wednesday morning, ended up discovering human remains. East Lampeter Township Police say they were found near a dumpster behind the Target store in the 2300 block of Covered Bridge Drive close to Route 30. The Coroner’s Office says the remains appeared to have been there for at least several weeks. An autopsy will be scheduled. Officers are reviewing surveillance video made available by nearby businesses as well as checking missing person records for a possible match. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

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PA’s New Unemployment Compensation Web Site Launches Tuesday

Pennsylvania’s updated Unemployment Compensation system will launch today. Department of Labor & Industry Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier says the transition from the decades-old mainframe to a new, faster, and easier-to-use system has been underway for the last few weeks. Berrier says claimants can familiarize themselves with the new system through a series of 25 workshops and other easy-to-use tools and helpful resources available on the web site and their Facebook page.

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Suspect Sought In York City’s 6th Homicide Of 2021

York City’s 6th homicide of the year happened Sunday night. Police say 34-year old Keith Wallace of York was wounded in the area of South Belvidere and Salem Avenues just before 9pm. Officers say Wallace was taken to WellSpan York Hospital where he later died from his injuries. The Coroner’s Office says an autopsy is scheduled for today at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. Anyone who can help the investigation is asked to call the Anonymous Tip Line at 717-849-2204.

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