HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 24, there were 4,667 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 996,617.
There are 1,631 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 341 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 4,500 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020. The current 14-day average is also below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020. However, the decrease in hospitalized patients has stalled.
Statewide percent positivity for the week of March 12 – March 18 stood at 6.5%.
As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, there were 48 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 24,876 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
March 12 – March 18
PENNSYLVANIA COVID-19 DEATHS BY DAY
March 18, 2020 – March 4, 2021
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 providers have administered 4,510,213 total vaccine doses as of Tuesday, March 23.
- 1,592,188 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 84,500 people per day receiving vaccinations.
- 3,026,180 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
- This week, a total of 5,235,140 doses will have been allocated through March 27:
- 281,010 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
- 253,970 second doses will have been allocated this week.
- To date, of the 5,235,140 doses allocated through March 27, we have administered 4,510,213 doses total through March 23:
- First/single doses, 101 percent (3,026,180 administered of 2,986,765 allocated)
- Second doses, 66 percent (1,484,008 administered of 2,248,375 allocated)
Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home, even if fully vaccinated. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
There are 123,585 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 4,076,349 individuals who have tested negative to date.
In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 68,993 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,132 cases among employees, for a total of 83,125 at 1,568 distinct facilities inall 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 12,889 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 26,197 of our total cases are among health care workers.
Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, Mar. 23:
- Provided latest CMU metrics report.
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.