HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows Pennsylvania’s seven-day case rate per 100,000 is higher than that of Florida and a number of other states despite the state’s recent passage of a major vaccination milestone.
The report, last updated on Sept. 26, 2021, shows that Pennsylvania recorded a seven-day case rate of 254.5 per 100,000 versus the 248.3 cases per 100,000 in Florida. In fact, Pennsylvania topped nearly 25 other states including New Jersey and Maryland.
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The report comes days after Governor Tom Wolf shared a major vaccination milestone in the fight against the Pandemic, stating that 85% of Pennsylvanians aged 18-years and older had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Friday, Sept. 24, Pennsylvania reported an additional 5,071 positive new COVID-19 cases 662 patients in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Statewide percent positivity for the week of Sept. 10 – Sept. 16 stood at 8.9%.
Governor Wolf has repeatedly encouraged Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated against COVID-19, stating, “the data shows that compared to unvaccinated people, fully vaccinated individuals are seven times less likely to get COVID-19 and eight times less likely to die from COVID-19. We cannot stress the importance of getting vaccinated enough.”
But those numbers could reverse course. On Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that so-called “booster shots” of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will be available for certain adults who were fully vaccinated by Pfizer at least six months ago. For a list of eligible recipients, click here.
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