Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: 1,549 new 2-day cases, 1,197,562 total as of May 24, 2021

Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 24 there were 693 additional positive cases of COVID-19, in addition to 856 new cases reported Sunday, May 23, for a two-day total of 1,549 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,196,562.

There are 1,261 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 293 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 per day is coming down, after peaking at 2,661 patients which is slightly below what it was at the height of the spring 2020 peak of 2,751 patients on May 3, 2020. The full 14-day moving average since the start of the pandemic can be found here.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of May 14 – May 20 stood at 4.5%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Saturday, May 22, there were 13 new deaths and as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 23, there was 1 new death identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,043 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.



May 14 – May 20

CountyPositivity Rate
Statewide average: 4.5% | Source: Pennsylvania Department of Health


March 18, 2020 – March 24, 2021

Vaccine highlights

Federal data representing all 67 counties: 

  • According to the CDC, as of Monday morning, May 24, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 56.7% of its entire population, and the state ranks 9th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
  • According to the CDC, as of Monday morning, May 24, 51.8% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.  
  • According to the CDC, as of Monday morning, May 24, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered. 

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

  • Vaccine providers have administered 10,212,401 total vaccine doses as of Monday, May 24.
  • 4,488,578 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 65,500 people per day receiving vaccinations. 
  • 1,608,374 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  • 6,096,952 people have received at least their first dose.
  • This week, a total of 10,749,200 doses will have been allocated through May 29:
    • 297,520 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
    • 297,520 second doses will have been allocated this week.
  • To date, we have administered 10,212,401 doses total through May 24: 
    • First/single doses:  6,096,952 administered 
    • Second doses:  4,115,449 administered 

Fully vaccinated people may choose not to wear a mask indoors or outdoors unless the business or organization requires it, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

There are 160,922 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 638 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure. 

There are 4,565,558 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,632 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,313 cases among employees, for a total of 86,945 at 1,591 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 13,254 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 28,595 of our total cases are among health care workers.

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. 
  • 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.
  • All of the locations that received the 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. 
  • Frequently asked questions can be found here.

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