Over 13.7 million vaccinations to date, 71.6% of Pennsylvanians 18 and over fully vaccinated

Harrisburg, PA The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that there were 4,506 additional positive cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, October 28, 12:00 p.m., bringing the nationwide total to 1,557,459.

There are 2,742 people being hospitalized with COVID-19. Of these, 678 patients with COVID-19 are in the intensive care unit. More data is available here.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients remains constant. The full 14-day moving average since the pandemic began can be found here.

The statewide percent positivity for the week October 15 through October 21 was 9.2%.

At 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, 85 new deaths were identified by the Pennsylvania death register, a total of 31,377 deaths attributable to COVID-19. County-specific information and a nationwide map are available in the COVID-19 data dashboard.

For the school year 2021-2022, the Ministry of Health provides weekly updated case numbers for two age groups: 0-4 children in childcare and early learning age and 5-18 children in kindergarten to high school age. The case numbers are updated on Thursday afternoon for the previous week and cumulatively since August 16, 2021 by place of residence. The case numbers shown are total case numbers in these age groups and not necessarily cases that were uncovered in schools, early childhood education facilities or childcare facilities. The location of exposure cannot be determined but could have occurred in a variety of settings including the community, household / family, or school.

The number of COVID-19 cases in school-age children (between the ages of 5 and 18) is almost four times higher this year than in 2020. In fact, there was a total of 1,368 COVID-19 between October 20 and October 26, 2020 Cases in school-age children compared to 5,238 cases in the same age group in the same week in 2021.

The latest information is available in the “Updated Cases and Fatalities Information” section on the website.

Vaccine highlights

Federal data for all 67 districts:

  • According to the CDC, Pennsylvania ranks 5th out of all 50 states for total administered doses on Thursday, October 28th.
  • According to the CDC, 71.6% of Pennsylvanians ages 18 and older are fully vaccinated as of Thursday, October 28.

Nationwide data representing the 66 counties within the vaccine jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health:

  • The Pennsylvania vaccine dashboard was updated on October 27th to more accurately reflect the number of people who are partially and fully vaccinated and to reflect the additional doses given to residents in each county outside of Philadelphia. The vaccination-related demographics have also been updated. The updates are part of the department’s ongoing work to improve data quality and statistical reporting to ensure that the public receives the most accurate and up-to-date information. For state-to-state comparisons, see the CDC vaccine data tracker.
  • Vaccine providers have given a total of 13,784,386 vaccine doses as of Friday, October 29, including 640,527 additional doses (including additional immunizations for immunocompromised individuals and booster shots).
  • 6,447,300 people are fully vaccinated; with 53,718 vaccinations since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 32,700 vaccinations per day.

The department continues to urge Pennsylvanians to follow CDC guidelines for wearing a mask when required by law, rules, and regulations, including health, local business, and workplace guidelines. To protect yourself and others who are not or only partially vaccinated, it is still recommended to wear a mask in public. CDC also recommends that everyone wear a mask indoors in public when in an area with significant or high transmission.

There are 249,314 people who have a positive virus antigen test and are considered likely cases.

So far, 5,705,629 people have tested negative.

So far, there have been a total of 79,436 resident COVID-19 cases and 17,271 cases among employees in licensed nursing and nursing homes, for a total of 96,707 in 1,643 different facilities in all 67 counties. Of the total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 14,381 occurred in residents of care or personal care facilities. You can find a breakdown by district here. Note that the number of deaths reported to NEDSS does not exactly match the COVID-19-related deaths reported by the death register. The number of deaths among residents and employees of nursing homes is taken from the PA-NEDSS death data as this information is not available in the death register data.

Approximately 32,444 of the total incidents involved healthcare workers.

Nationwide – Since noon, October 28th, the Wolf Administration has:

The Department of Health is working to ensure that vaccine is provided ethically, fairly, and efficiently to all Pennsylvanians:

  • All Pennsylvanians 12 and older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Use the Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.
  • Non-profit organizations, childcare and educational institutions can now apply for the COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Grant Program, which supports community outreach, including local media purchases, creation of informational and educational materials, sponsorship of vaccine-related community events, equipment rentals for assistance with the setting of vaccination appointments and more.
  • A Commonwealth Covid-19 Vaccination Guide explains the current process to get one. Pennsylvanians with questions about the vaccination process can call the Department of Health helpline at 1-877-724-3258.
  • Vaccine Dashboard data can also be found on the website for more information on doses administered and demographic information.
  • Unite Against COVID Weekly Update is a round-up of news to use and answers to your most pressing vaccine questions – delivered straight to your inbox every week.
  • Frequently asked questions can be found here.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark O’Neill – [email protected]

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