Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: 12,686 new three-day cases, 1,382,933 total as of Sept. 20, 2021

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Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

Editor’s Note: The table below has been updated to reflect the most recent Midstate COVID-19 positivity rates from September 10 – 16.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that between 12:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, and Monday, Sept. 20, there were 12,686 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,382,933.

There are 2,337 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 589 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. More data is available here.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continues to increase again. The full 14-day moving average since the start of the pandemic can be found here.

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Statewide percent positivity for the week of Sept. 10 – Sept. 16 stood at 8.9%.

Between 11:59 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, there were 52 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 28,864 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

MIDSTATE COVID-19 POSITIVITY RATES

MOST RECENT 7 DAYS

September 10 – September 16

CountyPositivity Rate
Perry16.1%
Franklin15.7%
Mifflin14.8%
Lebanon14.2%
Dauphin12.5%
Adams12.1%
York11.7%
Juniata11.6%
Lancaster11.0%
Cumberland9.9%
Statewide average: 8.2% | Source: Pennsylvania Department of Health

A comparison of cases among school-aged children between 5-18 for September 8 to 14, 2021 and 2020 shows the number of cases in the age group this year is 11.5 times greater the same timeframe in 2020. Between Sept. 8 and Sept. 14, 2020, there were a total of 630 COVID-19 cases in the age group compared to Sept. 8 and Sept. 14, 2021, when there were 7,218 cases in the same age group.

The latest data is available in the “Updated Case and Death Information” section on the website.

Vaccine highlights

Federal data representing all 67 counties:

  • According to the CDC, as of Sunday, Sept. 19, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
  • According to the CDC, as of Sunday, Sept. 19, 67.8% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

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

  • Pennsylvania’s vaccine dashboard was updated on Friday, July 9 to more accurately reflect the number of people who are partially and fully vaccinated in each county outside of Philadelphia, along with demographics of those receiving vaccine. For state-to-state comparisons, refer to the CDC vaccine data tracker.
  • Vaccine providers have administered 12,588,317 total vaccine doses, including 66,545 additional doses authorized for people who are immunocompromised, as of Monday, Sept. 20.
  • 6,146,333 people are fully vaccinated; with 50,178 vaccinations administered since Friday and a seven-day moving average of more than 15,900 people per day receiving vaccinations.

The department continues to urge Pennsylvanians to follow CDC guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rules and regulations, including healthcare, local business and workplace guidance. For the protection of themselves and others, individuals who have not yet been vaccinated or are partially vaccinated are still encouraged to wear a mask when in public. CDC also recommends all individuals wear a mask indoors in public if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

There are 215,928 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases. 

There are 5,344,407 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 75,627 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 16,178 cases among employees, for a total of 91,805 at 1,621 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 14,068 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 30,770 of the total cases have been among health care workers.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, Sept. 19:

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.
  • 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.

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