COVID-19 vaccine is stored at -80 degrees celsius in the pharmacy at Roseland Community Hospital on December 18, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The hospital began distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to its workers yesterday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 5,071 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the statewide total to 1.4 million since the start of the pandemic. That’s down from Thursday’s tally of 5,489 new cases.
Hospitalizations due to the virus also continued to climb, with 2,641 people hospitalized on Friday, according to the Health Department’s COVID tracking website. Of those hospitalized with the virus, 662 are in intensive care units, and 324 were using a ventilator, state data indicated.
The department confirmed 34 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 to 29,064 since the state of the pandemic.
Pennsylvania’s positivity rate remains at 8.9 percent.
As of midday Friday, the commonwealth’s vaccination rate was 68.2 percent, the Health Department said in a statement.
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