After a second dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, a swarm of antibodies attacks the virus. (Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library via Getty Images)
The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 5,583 new cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania on Friday, down slightly from Thursday’s tally of 5,819 new cases, bringing the total number of cases statewide to nearly 1.47 million since the start of the pandemic.
As of Friday, there were 2,930 people hospitalized with COVID-19, down from 3,001 on Thursday, according to state health data. Of that number, 680 patients with COVID-19 are in hospital intensive care units, and 383 were using a ventilator.
The department confirmed 93 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania on Friday, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 to 29,907 since the start of the pandemic.
Pennsylvania’s positivity rate remains at 9.1 percent.
As of midday Friday, 69.4 percent of Pennsylvanians 18 or older are fully vaccinated, the Health Department said in a statement.
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