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 5,352 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, up from Thursday’s tally of 4,892 new cases, bringing the statewide total to nearly than 1.43 million since the start of the pandemic.
Hospitalizations due to the virus also continued to climb, with 2,816 people hospitalized as of midday Friday, up from the 2,795 people who where hospitalized on Thursday, according to the Health Department’s COVID tracking website.
There were 692 people in hospital intensive cares, effectively unchanged from Thursday’s tally of 694 people, the state data showed. The number of people using a ventilator rose to 384 people on Friday, up slightly from 379 people on Thursday, the data showed.
The department confirmed 37 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania as of midday Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 to 29,437 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 68.8 percent, the Health Department said in a statement.
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