Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: more than 4.7 million doses of vaccine distributed to date

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Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: more than 4.7 million doses of vaccine distributed to date


The Pennsylvania Department of Health says more than 3 million people in the state have been at least partially vaccinated against the virus so far, 4.7 million doses have gone into guns.

UPDATE: Although it also reported 7,132 new cases of coronavirus and 33 more deaths on its coronavirus app on Saturday afternoon, the health department informed on Saturday evening that a technical glitch means those numbers could be incorrect. Instead, the updated virus numbers will be released on Monday.

Statewide, nearly 25,000 deaths are linked to the virus and more than a million people have contracted COVID-19 since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

Last week’s numbers were high from the start of March, but are still well below the peak of Pennsylvania’s second and worst wave, which began after Thanksgiving. For example, the daily peak for new cases was 12,884 on December 5; hospitalizations were at 6,346 on December 16.

The number of Pennsylvanians vaccinated against the virus is increasing. So far, more than 3 million first shots have been administered, Pennsylvania officials said, and 1.6 million people have received a second shot when needed. A Johnson & Johnson vaccine, intended primarily for teachers, requires only one dose.

  • Learn more: Charts, data on the coronavirus in Pa.

Of the roughly 254,000 people who were tested for coronavirus in the seven days ending March 25, 7.6% were positive. This is more than a week ago, when the positivity rate was 6.5%. Below 5% is the goal, showing limited dissemination from the community.

The health department reports that 91% of people who contracted the coronavirus have recovered. The state considers patients to have recovered when they are 30 days past the point of infection or onset of symptoms.

This story has been updated.

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