Coronavirus in Pennsylvania Friday update: Nearly 56% of residents received first dose of vaccine

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Pennsylvania ranks ninth among all states for percentage of first-dose vaccinations


(WKBN) – The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported an additional 1,823 positive cases of COVID-19 and 25 new deaths since Thursday’s report.

It brings the statewide total to 1,193,355 cases and 26,990 total deaths attributed to COVID-19.

There are 1,309 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 310 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. More data is available here.

The 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day continues to drop after peaking at 2,661 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 7 – May 13 stood at 5.3%.

Vaccine highlights

As of Friday, May 21, 55.7% of Pennsylvania’s entire population received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a 0.3% increase from Thursday’s report. Pennsylvania ranks fifth for total doses administered, and 50.5% of Pennsylvanians 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers administered 10,066,220 total vaccine doses in the state, and 4,399,578 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 66,400 people per day receiving vaccinations.

The state has 300,320 first- and single-dose vaccines allocated for those who haven’t gotten vaccinated through May 22, and 297,520-second doses.

According to data released Friday, there are 160,310 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. 

The state has 71,564 resident cases of COVID-19 and 15,283 cases among employees of licensed nursing and personal care homes. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 13,245 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Pennsylvania continues to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommending fully vaccinated people may choose not to wear a mask indoors or outdoors unless the business or organization requires it.

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