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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19: 5,905 Patients Hospitalized and 1,145 Patients in the Intensive Care Unit

Two-Day Total of 8,663 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, Hospitalizations Remain at Near Double Peak in the Spring


Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., December 28, that there were 3,779 additional positive cases of COVID-19, in addition to 4,884 new cases reported Sunday, December 27 for a two-day total of 8,663, bringing the statewide total to 613,804.

There are 5,905 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, near double the peak in the spring. Of that number, 1,145 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 5,600 since the end of September.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of December 18 – December 24 stood at 15.1%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Saturday, December 26, there were 127 new deaths and as of 11:59 p.m., Sunday, December 27, there were 76 new deaths reported for a total of 15,086 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 48,136 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 3,238,091 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 51,420 resident cases of COVID-19, and 9,219 cases among employees, for a total of 60,639 at 1,457 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of our total deaths, 8,470 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 18,558 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 Dec. 28:

  • 72,762 doses of vaccine have been administered.

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

Statewide – the Wolf Administration has since noon, Dec. 27:

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”.

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

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