HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Health provided a weekly COVID-19 update as of Monday, Dec. 13.

“Science has proven that vaccines help protect against severe COVID-19 illness and hospitalization and boosters are important as the virus continues to mutate and spread largely through unvaccinated people,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said.

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“The Department of Health continues to report on COVID-19 infections that occur after vaccination because it is important for monitoring public health. We know that if the incidence or severity of post-vaccination cases increases significantly, this could be a signal of reduced protection against a variant.”

abc27 will continue providing daily COVID-19 updates in the future.

Here is a statewide summary of COVID-19 trends over the past seven days, Monday, Dec. 6 to Sunday, Dec. 12:

  • The daily average number of cases was 8,199. 
  • The number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, Dec. 13 was 5.4% higher than on Dec. 6. The percent of available adult and pediatric ICU beds in the state fell to 14% and 10.3%, respectively.
  • There have been 658 deaths attributed to COVID-19 identified in the Pennsylvania death registry in the past 7 days, with 58% occurring in people 70 years and older.

The Department of Health continues to provide the public with extensive and frequently updated data on both the COVID-19 dashboard and the vaccine dashboard. Both dashboards provide an interactive experience for the user to review statewide and local-level data updated daily.

The department also provides a dashboard showing COVID-19 data for skilled nursing homes including case counts, deaths, and vaccination status for residents and staff.

For more information on the Department of Health’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit here.

To stay informed about the Wolf Administration’s vaccination efforts, the latest federal vaccine news, and answers to pressing vaccine questions, visit the Unite Against COVID Weekly Update