3,100 new COVID cases reported, 187 in our central region May 1, 2021


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed 3,100 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday, bringing state totals to 1,154,105 known cases since the start of the pandemic.

Since Friday, 35 new deaths have been identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, bringing a total of 26,253 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

There are 2,283 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 518 patients 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. 

Statewide percent positivity for the week of April 23 – April 29 stood at 7.6%.

Eighty-nine (89) percent of Pennsylvania cases have been considered recovered from COVID-19.

The state reports more than 8.5 million doses of the vaccine have been administered. You can view the numbers lower on this page.

There are 4,401,685 individuals who have tested negative to date.

Our central region has 187 new cases since Friday. That brings our total to 74,061 known COVID-19 cases.

The county breakdown is below:

Total COVID-19 related deaths by county:

BEDFORD: 134 (+0)
BLAIR: 323 (+0)
CAMBRIA: 418 (+0)
CAMERON: 8 (+0)
CENTRE: 220 (+0)
CLEARFIELD: 138 (+1)
ELK: 38 (+0)
HUNTINGDON: 128 (+0)
JEFFERSON: 95 (+0)
SOMERSET: 201 (+0)


COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Pennsylvania hospitals began receiving shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 14 and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 21. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine was first allocated to Pennsylvania the week of March 1. On Friday, April 23, the CDC and FDA notified all COVID-19 vaccine providers that the pause in administering doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine has been lifted. Following the announcement, Pennsylvania resumed Janssen vaccinations. Vaccination numbers for Pennsylvania do not include Philadelphia, which is its own jurisdiction, or federal facilities, which are working directly with the federal government.

Vaccine highlights

  • According to the CDC, as of Saturday morning, May 1, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 49% of its entire population, and the state ranks 10th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
  • According to the CDC, as of Saturday morning, May 1, Pennsylvania ranks 5thamong all 50 states for total doses administered.
  • Vaccine providers have administered 8,596,538 total vaccine doses as of Saturday, May 1.
  • 3,493,659 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 93,077 people per day receiving vaccinations.
  • 1,894,725 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  • 5,388,384 people have received at least their first dose.
  • This week, a total of 8,326,640 doses will have been allocated through May 1:
    • 297,520 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
    • 276,520 second doses will have been allocated this week.
  • To date, we have administered 8,596,538 doses total through May 1:
    • First/single doses:  5,388,384 administered
    • Second doses:  3,208,154 administered

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Fully vaccinated people are permitted to participate in some activities without a mask based on CDC guidance released Tuesday. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 153,222 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 639 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure. 

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