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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19: 6,036 New Cases, 3,768 Patients Hospitalized and 759 Patients in the Intensive Care Unit

More than 837,000 Vaccinations to Date


Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., January 28, there were 6,036 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 824,405. Note that case counts today include backlogged antigen testing data from urgent care centers. 1,214 of today’s newly identified cases had their specimens collected over a week ago. We will continue to report on backlogged data from urgent care centers over the next few days.

There are 3,768 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 759 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. More data is available here.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 4,000 since the end of September.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of January 15 – January 21 stood at 10.5%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, there were 198 new deaths reported for a total of 21,303 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 87,701 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 637 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure. 

There are 3,600,965 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 62,483 resident cases of COVID-19, and 11,861 cases among employees, for a total of 74,344 at 1,536 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of our total deaths, 11,170 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 22,653 of our total cases are among health care workers.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Pennsylvania hospitals began receiving shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 14 and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 21.

Through Jan. 27:

  • 837,817 doses of the vaccine have been administered. Please note that this does include vaccine administration through the CVS as part of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership.
  • There are 519,419 people who have received one dose (partially covered).
  • There are 159,199 people who have received two doses (fully covered).
  • The math results in 837,817 doses administered to 678,618 people.

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

Vaccine dashboard data can also be found on the website.

All of the locations that received vaccine and how much they have received can be found on the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution webpage.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, Jan. 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”.

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