December 22, 2020

Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19: 6,074 Patients Hospitalized and 1,230 Patients in the Intensive Care Unit


Two-Day Total of 15,100 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19,Hospitalizations Remain at Double Peak in the Spring
Harrisburg, PA -The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., December 21, that there were 7,887 new cases in addition to 7,213 new cases reported Sunday, December 20 for a two-day total of 15,100 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 563,589.
There are 6,074individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, double the peak in the spring. Of that number, 1,230patients 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 availablehere.
The trend in the 14-day moving average of number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 5,400 since the end of September.
Statewide percent positivity for the week of December 11 – December 17 stood at 15.8%.
As of 11:59 p.m. Saturday, December 19, there were 99 new deaths, and as of 11:59 p.m., Sunday, December 20, there were 57 new deaths reported for a total of 13,981 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on theCOVID-19 Data Dashboard.
Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
There are 41,316 individualswho have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable casesand 640 individualswho have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.
There are 3,160,075 individuals who have tested negative to date.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 47,947 resident cases of COVID-19, and 8,682 cases among employees, for a total of 56,629 at 1,431 distinct facilities inall 67 counties. Out of our total deaths, 8,079 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be foundhere.
Approximately 17,779 of our total cases are among health care workers.
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
Pennsylvania hospitals began receiving shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 14.
Through Dec. 20:
  • 97 hospitals have received 97,500 vaccine doses.
  • 17,700 doses of the vaccine have been administered.

A spreadsheet of facilities that have received vaccine can be foundhere.
Statewide – the Wolf Administration has since noon, Dec. 20:
The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
  • If you must go out, you are required to wear a mask when in a business or where it is difficult to maintain proper social distancing.
  • Download theCOVIDAlert PA app and make your phone part of the fight.The free app can be found in theGoogle Play Storeand theApple App Storeby searching for “covidalert pa”.
Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics
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