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Department of Health: Over 6.9 Million Vaccinations to Date, First Doses of Vaccine to 42% of Population, PA Ranks 10th Among 50 States for First Dose Vaccinations

5,114 New Cases, 2,653 Patients Hospitalized and 555 Patients in the Intensive Care Unit

04/17/2021

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 17, that there were 5,114 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,103,616.

There are 2,653 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 555 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. However, the current 14-day average is now 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 9.6%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m., Friday, April 16, there were 39 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 25,661 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 educators. 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 Friday morning, April 16, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 42 percent 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 Friday morning, April 16, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

 

·         Vaccine providers have administered 6,999,716 total vaccine doses as of Saturday, April 17.

·         2,694,321 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 100,401 people per day receiving vaccinations.

·         1,879,115 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

·         4573,436 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 6,999,716 doses total through April 17:
    • First/single doses: 4,573,436 administered
    • Second doses:  2,426,280 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 144,210 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 4,281,312 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 70,162 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,592 cases among employees, for a total of 84,754 at 1,585 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 13,027 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 27,192 of our total cases are among health care workers.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, April 16:

·         Visited Penn State Health Vaccination Clinic to discusses vaccine rollout progress, encouraged everyone to get vaccinated

·         Provided latest CMU metric report.

·         Encouraged older adults to reach out if COVID-19 vaccine appointment assistance is needed, provided resources regarding vaccines.

·         Extended pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccinations following FDA/CDC recommendation.

·         Highlighted March 2021 nursing home inspection, sanction information amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

·         Highlighted dedication to individuals in skilled nursing facilities.

 

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 Store and the Apple App Store by searching for “covid alert pa”.

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

MEDIA CONTACT:  Barry Ciccocioppo, ra-dhpressoffice@pa.gov

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