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Update on COVID-19 in Pa.: Drop in daily cases and increase in vaccines continue – PennLive

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Feb 21, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 2,818 new coronavirus cases and 90 more deaths on Saturday. It also said 1.42 million Pennsylvanians have been at least partially vaccinated against the virus so far.

Statewide, 23,570 total deaths have been tied to the virus, and 911,591 people have contracted COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic about a year ago.

As of Saturday morning, around 2,000 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, a third of the patients in hospitals around Christmas. About 400 coronavirus patients are in intensive care units.

Vaccines are being distributed, but not without problems. Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said Wednesday some providers have been giving out second doses of the Moderna vaccine intended as first doses. That means some people will see delays in getting their second doses and being fully vaccinated.

So far, 1,421,115 first shots have been administered, Pa. officials said, and 510,442 people have gotten the second shot.

Of the roughly 253,000 people who’ve had a coronavirus test in the seven days ending Feb. 18, 6.5% were positive. That’s significantly lower than it was a month ago, but anything over 5% shows significant community spread of COVID-19.

Most of the patients hospitalized, and most of those who’ve died in the pandemic, are ages 65 or older, the state said.

The health department reports 88% of those who have contracted the coronavirus have recovered. The state considers patients to have recovered when they are 30 days past the point of infection or the onset of symptoms. Around 3.8 million people have had negative tests.

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