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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., April 14, there were 5,730 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,087,792. Please note, a new lab began submitting data to the department yesterday. A total of 1,101 positive antigen test results that were collected more than three days ago and ranging back to mid-January, were uploaded. Eighty-five percent of these newly identified cases are in Allegheny County.

There are 2,541 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 530 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 about 3,700 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020. The current 14-day average is also below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020. However, the moving average of number of hospitalized patients has started to increase.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of April 2 – April 8 stood at 9.5%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, there were 50 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 25,522 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, and the commonwealth is using it for a special initiative involving K-12 and early education educators and support staff. 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

According to the CDC, as of Wednesday morning, April 14, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 40.1% of its eligible population, and the state ranks 10th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
According to the CDC, as of Wednesday morning, April 14, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
Vaccine providers have administered 6,600,130 total vaccine doses as of Wednesday, April 14.
2,488,948 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 96,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.
1,862,642 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
4,351,590 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 7,180,370 doses will have been allocated through April 17:
296,620 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
303,110 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, we have administered 6,600,130 doses total through April 14:
First/single doses: 4,351,950 administered
Second doses: 2,488,948 administered
Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home, even if fully vaccinated. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 141,593 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 4,251,130 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 69,952 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,513 cases among employees, for a total of 84,465 at 1,586 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 13,008 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 27,031 of our total cases are among health care workers.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, April 13:

Highlighted support of small businesses during COVID-19 at PA Small Business Development Centers Conference.
Provided latest enforcement data from the Department of State.
Promoted COVID-19 vaccine to minority communities.
Provided updated CMU metrics report.
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:

The Your Turn tool provides a way to register to be alerted when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.
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:

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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Father Charged With Injuring Infant Son In Lancaster Co.

A Lancaster County father has been arrested for injuring his one-month old child. Police say Brandon Bish has been charged with Aggravated Assault and Endangering the Welfare of Children after an incident last January where a child in his care was found to have a broken femur. Prosecutors say Bish admitted to “playing bicycle” with the child, and after smoking marijuana said he could have used too much force. The boy was initially taken to Lancaster General Health Urgent Care, and he was transferred to Penn State Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital. Bish was also accused in a previous assault case involving another one of his children. His bail was set at $100,000.

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Victim Identified In York Co. Traffic Accident

The woman who was killed in a two-vehicle traffic accident in York County Sunday morning has been identified. The Coroner’s Office says York Area Regional Police were called to an accident at Lombard and Kendale Roads in Windsor Township just after 11am. Officers say a female passenger in a vehicle that ran a stop sign died in the crash. The victim has been identified as 85-year old Joyce Seitz of York Township.

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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., April 13, there were 6,638 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,082,062.

There are 2,474 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 534 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 about 3,800 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020. The current 14-day average is also below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020. However, the moving average of number of hospitalized patients has started to increase.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of April 2 – April 8 stood at 9.5%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 12, there were 66 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 25,472 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today notified all COVID-19 vaccine providers to pause administering doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine until at least April 20 following the recommendation out of an abundance of caution in a joint release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The department is taking these steps as a precaution until the CDC and FDA have time to review six incidents of rare blood clots that occurred within two weeks of receiving Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine. The CDC is convening an emergency meeting tomorrow of the Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices to further review cases for any details on the significance of this rare occurrence.

These six cases occurred in women between 18 and 48 who were among the 6.8 million Americans who received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine. This announcement shows that the federal oversight process of a vaccine’s safety and effectiveness is working, and all steps are being taken to protect Americans.

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, and the commonwealth is using it for a special initiative involving K-12 and early education educators and support staff. 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

According to the CDC, as of Tuesday morning, April 13, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 39.5% of its eligible population, and the state ranks 11th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
According to the CDC, as of Tuesday morning, April 13, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
Vaccine providers have administered 6,503,362 total vaccine doses as of Tuesday, April 13.
2,448,072 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 90,800 people per day receiving vaccinations.
1,842,483 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
4,290,555 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 7,180,370 doses will have been allocated through April 17:
296,620 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
303,110 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, we have administered 6,503,362 doses total through April 13:
First/single doses: 4,290,555 administered
Second doses: 2,212,807 administered

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home, even if fully vaccinated. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 139,319 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 4,242,714 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 69,887 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,479 cases among employees, for a total of 84,366 at 1,585 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 12,993 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 26,973 of our total cases are among health care workers.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, April 12:

Announced a pause on use of the J&J/Janssen vaccine because of CDC/FDA recommendation.
Announced free COVID-19 testing site in Monroe County.
Partnered with community groups for mobile response on COVID-19 vaccinations, education to minority and underserved communities.
Provided an update on the Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard.

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:

The Your Turn tool provides a way to register to be alerted when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.
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.
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:

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 Opens COVID-19 Vaccinations To Everyone 16 & Older

Starting today, all Pennsylvania adults will be eligible to schedule an appointment for the COVID -19 vaccine. Governor Tom Wolf announced the move as case counts and hospitalization rates have increased. Wolf says everyone 16 years and older can go for a dose starting today. Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam says this change means simpler, streamlined operations for vaccine providers that no longer need to check eligibility of people making appointments. To schedule an appointment, check the Vaccine Provider Map at the web site: health.pa.gov or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

The Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center at the old Bon-Ton store at Park City Center is ready for the increased demand. They’ll get help from a new partnership with the Pennsylvania National Guard. About 3-dozen Guard members will serve in various support roles.

And finally, state officials are launching a COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Clinic tour starting next week. The goal is to reach under-served communities.

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York Man Sentenced For Sex Trafficking

A York man who threatened women, and physically assaulted them into sex trafficking is headed to prison. Acting United States Attorney Bruce Brandler says 54-year-old Robert Johnson knowingly recruited and enticed multiple victims to engage in commercial sex acts between November 2015 and August 2016, in York County. Brandler says Johnson would take all the money the women earned and he then supplied them with food, clothing, and drugs. A judge has sentenced Johnson to 33-years in prison.

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Lancaster County Home Hit By Car, Suspect Sought

A vehicle slammed into a house in Columbia, Lancaster County late Sunday night and then drove off. police say it happened just after 11pm along the 400-block of Cherry Street. No one inside was hurt but there was structural damage including a partially collapsed wall. Officers say they believe the suspect vehicle is a Lexus and it probably sustained front end damage. Anyone with information is asked to call Columbia Borough police at 717-684-7735.

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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., April 12, there were 3,088 additional positive cases of COVID-19, in addition to 3,362 new cases reported Sunday, April 11, for a two-day total of 6,450 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,075,424.

There are 2,460 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 516 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 is about 3,800 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020. The current 14-day average is also below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020. However, the moving average of number of hospitalized patients has started to increase.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of April 2 – April 8 stood at 9.5%.

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. Saturday, April 10 there were 3 new deaths and as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 11, there was 1 new death identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 25,406 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, and the commonwealth is using it for a special initiative involving K-12 and early education educators and support staff. 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

According to the CDC, as of Monday morning, April 12, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 38.9% of its eligible population, and the state ranks 11th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
According to the CDC, as of Monday morning, April 12, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
Vaccine providers have administered 6,411,940 total vaccine doses as of Monday, April 12.
2,401,825 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 87,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.
1,832,366 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
4,234,191 people have received at least their first dose.
This week, a total of 7,180,370 doses will have been allocated through April 17:
296,620 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
303,110 second doses will have been allocated this week.
To date, we have administered 6,411,940 doses total through April 12:
First/single doses: 4,234,191 administered
Second doses: 2,177,749 administered

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home, even if fully vaccinated. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 137,138 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 4,232,867 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 69,848 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,460 cases among employees, for a total of 84,308 at 1,582 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 12,990 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 26,909 of our total cases are among health care workers.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, April 11:

With COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force announced that all adults are eligible tomorrowOpens In A New Window to schedule vaccine appointments.
Provided latest CMU metrics reportOpens In A New Window.

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:

The Your TurnOpens In A New Window tool provides a way to register to be alerted when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.
A commonwealth COVID-19 vaccination guideOpens In A New Window 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 mapOpens In A New Window 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 webpageOpens In A New Window.
Vaccine dashboard dataOpens In A New Window can also be found on the website to find more information on the doses administered and showcase demographic information.
The Unite Against COVID Weekly UpdateOpens In A New Window 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 PlanOpens In A New Window by clicking on the Plan Feedback Form square under Popular Vaccine Topics hereOpens In A New Window.
Frequently asked questions can be found hereOpens In A New Window.

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”.

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Woman Killed In York Co. Traffic Accident

A two-vehicle traffic accident in York County Sunday morning has left a woman dead. The Coroner’s Office says York Area Regional Police were called to Lombard and Kendale Roads in Windsor Township just after 11am. Officers say a female passenger in a vehicle that ran a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle died. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Her identity is being withheld pending family notification. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, April 13 at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.

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Suspect Charged In Domestic Double Shooting In Cumberland County

When police were first called to a Cumberland County home on Saturday, officers left when they determined that a domestic dispute between a father and daughter was civil. But a short time later, East Pennsboro Township Police responded to a 911 call for a double shooting at the home along the first block of Greenmont Drive. Officers arrived the second time to find the daughter shot dead and the wife seriously wounded. The wife was taken to Penn State Holy Spirit Hospital but we do not have a current condition. Police arrested the father, 78-year old John Miller without incident. He has been charged with criminal homicide. Miller is being held in the Cumberland County Prison.

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PA COVID-19 Update Saturday PM

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 10, there were 4,882 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,068,974.

There are 2,439 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 496 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 about 3,900 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020. The current 14-day average is also below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020. However, the moving average of number of hospitalized patients has started to increase.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of March 26 – April 1 stood at 9.4%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 9 there were 40 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 25,402 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, and the commonwealth is using it for a special initiative involving K-12 and early education educators and support staff. 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

According to the CDC, as of Saturday morning, April 10, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 36% of its eligible population, and the state ranks 20th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
According to the CDC, as of Saturday morning, April 10, Pennsylvania ranks 6th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
Vaccine providers have administered 6,233,317 total vaccine doses as of Saturday, April 10.
2,299,256 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 88,800 people per day receiving vaccinations.
1,828,141 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
4,127,397 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 6,580,640 doses will have been allocated through April 10:
442,310 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
268,010 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, we have administered 6,233,317 doses total through April 10:
First/single doses: 4,127,397 administered
Second doses: 2,105,920 administered

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home, even if fully vaccinated. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 136,049 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 4,220,187 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 69,805 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,458 cases among employees, for a total of 84,263 at 1,582 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 12,988 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 26,889 of our total cases are among health care workers.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, April 9:

Partnered with Walgreens to finalize vaccination efforts to priority populations in congregate care settings.
Urged Pennsylvanians to cancel duplicate appointments to help ensure vaccine is available for all.

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:

The Your Turn tool provides a way to register to be alerted when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.
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.
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:

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 Thursday PM

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 8, there were 4,746 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,059,044.

There are 2,425 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 484 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 about 4,000 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020. The current 14-day average is also below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020. However, the moving average of number of hospitalized patients has started to increase.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of March 26 – April 1 stood at 9.4%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, there were 42 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 25,327 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, and the commonwealth is using it for a special initiative involving K-12 and early education educators and support staff. 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

According to the CDC, as of Thursday morning, April 8, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 35.4% of its eligible population, and the state ranks 14th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
According to the CDC, as of Thursday morning, April 7, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
Vaccine providers have administered 5,905,787 total vaccine doses as of Thursday, April 8.
2,125,826 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 83,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.
1,810,828 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
3,936,654 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 6,580,640 doses will have been allocated through April 10:
442,310 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
268,010 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, we have administered 5,905,787 doses total through April 8:
First/single doses: 3,936,654 administered
Second doses: 1,969,133 administered

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home, even if fully vaccinated. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 134,892 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 4,200,316 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 69,684 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,417 cases among employees, for a total of 84,101 at 1,580 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 12,968 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 26,768 of our total cases are among health care workers.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, April 7:

Provided latest CMU metrics report.
Discussed vaccine equity and progress in McKeesport.
Joined Muslim Aid Initiative to discuss vaccine hesitancy.
Announced opening of regional vaccination clinic 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:

The Your Turn tool provides a way to register to be alerted when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.
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.
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:

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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York Co. Murder Suspect Arrested

A West York murder suspect who was considered ‘armed and dangerous’ has been taken into custody. U.S. Marshals and the York County Drug Task Force say 29-year old Ronald Boyd Jr. has been arrested for the Valentine’s Day killing of 30-year-old Angel Perez II of Springettsbury Township. The victim was shot multiple times along the 1400-block of Market Street following an after-hours party. Perez was taken to a local hospital where he later died. Boyd is charged with criminal homicide and he is being held without bail in the York County Prison.

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Fugitive Captured, Returned To Lancaster County

After more than 6-years on the run from his trial on multiple child sex charges in Lancaster, a fugitive has been captured. U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force say they arrested 49-year old Oneximo Mendez without incident last January in the Dominican Republic. Mendez is a former resident of Lancaster city who was charged in 2011 for several crimes including rape of a child. His trial was to begin in September of 2014 when he made bail and fled the area. Officials say Mendez has been extradited back to Lancaster. He’s being held in the county prison where his original bail at $750,000 was raised to $6-million.

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Missing Woman Found In York

The woman who had been reported missing in York County has been found. Pennsylvania State Police say 37-year old Stacy Snyder had not been seen since last weekend but on Wednesday, she was found unharmed. In a statement, troopers thanked the community for coming together and providing information to assist in locating the woman. They added that there was “no threat to the public.”

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PA Voters Can Register Ahead Of May Primary

Voters in Pennsylvania has just under 4-weeks to get registered for the state’s primary next month. Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid reminds eligible residents that the deadline to register to vote is May 3 ahead of the May 18 primary. Republicans and Democrats will choose their parties’ nominees for seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Superior Court, Commonwealth Court, county Common Pleas Courts, and Philadelphia Municipal Court as well as local races. Parts of York County will have a special election for the 48th State Senate District seat. Get more registration information by calling toll-free 1-877-VOTESPA or head online to votesPA.com

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Drowning Deaths Update

We know more about the two people found dead in the region last weekend. The York County Coroner’s Office says two-year-old Kamdyn Torres of North York Borough died Sunday after apparently wandering away from his home and he was later found in a stormwater tunnel. Northern Regional Police are investigating. In Lancaster County, the Coroner’s Office says an 84-year-old man was found dead Sunday evening in a Martic Township pond. They haven’t yet publicly identified him. Lancaster Online reports that an empty boat was found in the pond the day before. State Police call the incident an ‘accidental death.’

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York Co. Toddler Dies In Accidental Drowning

A missing 2 year-old boy was found inside a North York Borough storm water tunnel Sunday evening. Police say the toddler was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officers say the boy was reported missing from a home along the 1300 block of North Duke Street at around 6:30pm. A search used volunteers and K9’s from the York County Sheriff’s Department. The boy was found about 2-hours later. An investigation into the accidental drowning is underway.

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Body Found In Lancaster Co.

A man’s body was found in a Lancaster County lake over the weekend. The Coroner’s Office tells Lancaster Online that police were called to the 100 block of Pennsy Road in Martic Township Sunday morning just before 11:30 a.m. An autopsy is planned for today to determine the cause of death. The man’s identity has not yet been released.

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PA COVID-19 Update Saturday

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 3, that there were 5,343 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,038,749.

There are 2,173 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 433 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 about 4,300 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020. The current 14-day average is also below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of March 26 – April 1 stood at 9.4%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m., Friday, April 2, there were 40 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, for a total of 25,188 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, and the commonwealth is using it for special initiatives and efforts to vaccinate vulnerable groups. 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

According to the CDC, as of Saturday morning, April 3, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 33.5% of its eligible population, and the state ranks 12th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
According to the CDC, as of Saturday morning, April 3, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Vaccine providers have administered 5,526,752 total vaccine doses as of Saturday, April 3.
1,960,809 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of close to 89,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.
1,733,367 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
3,694,176 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 5,870,320 doses will have been allocated through April 3:
369,510 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
265,670 second doses will have been allocated this week.
To date, we have administered 5,526,752 doses total through April 3:
First/single doses: 3,694,176 administered
Second doses: 1,832,576 administered

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 131,166 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 4,162,432 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 69,423 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,320 cases among employees, for a total of 83,743 at 1,577 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 12,943 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 26,585 of our total cases are among health care workers.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, April 2:

· Announced the completion of the teacher and school staff vaccination initiative.

· Provided Pennsylvania State Police enforcement data.

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:

· The Your Turn tool provides a way to register to be alerted when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.

· 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:

· 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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