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Pa. Health Dept.: 3,500 new COVID-19 cases; More than 3K hospitalized

BY: - October 20, 2021

The department also confirmed 134 new deaths attributed to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to the virus to 30,721 since the start of the pandemic. 

Health Department responds to ‘bullying’ accusation, says lawmaker took information out of context

BY: - October 7, 2021

“The letter in question has been used since the beginning of the pandemic — nearly 20 months — and is sent to close contacts — or their parent [or] guardian with quarantine instructions only in situations where the individual is uncooperative and refuses to quarantine."

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 5K COVID-19 cases; More than 2,800 hospitalized

BY: - October 6, 2021

As of Wednesday, there were 2,891 people hospitalized with COVID-19, according to state health data. Of that number, 675 patients with COVID-19 are in the intensive care unit.

Pa. Health Dept: More than 4,939 new COVID cases; 2,386 hospitalized

BY: - September 21, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 4,939 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to more than 1.38 million cases of the virus. Hospitalizations due to the virus also continued to climb, increasing from 2,337 on Monday to 2,386 on Tuesday, according to state data.   Of those hospitalized with the virus, 602 are […]

Pa. Health Dept: More than 12,686 new COVID cases; 2,337 hospitalized

BY: - September 20, 2021

The new cases bring the statewide total to more than 1.38 million cases, according to state health data. 

Pa. Health Dept: More than 5,786 new COVID cases; 2,323 hospitalized

BY: - September 16, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 5,786 new cases of COVID-19 as of midday Thursday, while the commonwealth saw a slight drop in the number of hospitalizations due to the virus. The new cases bring the statewide total to more than 1.36 million confirmed cases since the pandemic began last March. Hospitalizations decreased slightly Thursday, […]

State health officials welcome students back to school, urge districts to utilize testing resources

BY: - August 23, 2021

As many schools in Pennsylvania begin to welcome students’ return to the classroom, state officials reiterated the need for schools and individuals to follow federal guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Speaking to reporters at Mt. Lebanon School District, in Allegheny County, on Monday, state and local officials were notably celebratory in their remarks.  […]

As school begins, state officials offer optional vaccination, testing initiatives to districts

BY: - August 16, 2021

Speaking to reporters Monday, state officials unveiled a plan for schools to work with vaccine providers to offer on-site vaccination clinics, and a plan for optional classroom testing. The initiatives are the result of partnerships between the Wolf administration, Concentric by Ginkgo Bioworks and vaccine providers statewide.

More than half of Pa. counties seeing substantial, high rates of community spread of COVID-19

BY: - August 11, 2021

COVID-19 case counts have been climbing steadily in the commonwealth since late July, following national trends. 

Pa. health officials decline new mask mandate, discuss vaccine initiatives

BY: - July 29, 2021

Pennsylvania exceeded 1,000 daily COVID-19 cases for the first time since May -- the state reported 1,088 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in the commonwealth  is 710 -- a 62 percent increase compared to last week. 

With a rise in overdose deaths, how is Pa. combating the opioid epidemic?

BY: - July 27, 2021

Preliminary data from the state Department of Health show a 14 percent increase in overdose deaths in 2020, compared to 4,458 deaths the year before.

After more than a year, Pa’s mask mandate ends Monday

BY: - June 25, 2021

As of Friday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine tracker confirmed that 75 percent of adult Pennsylvanians had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 59.5 percent of adult Pennsylvanians are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.