October 8 Update: Department of Health

October 8, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Friday, Oct. 8, there were 5,583 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,469,847.  This represents an increase of 67,021 over the past 14 days.  At this rate, Pennsylvania will approach 1.5 million cases by next Friday, October 15.

Of that total, 2,930 individuals were hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 680 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. More data is available here.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continues to increase. The full 14-day moving average since the start of the pandemic can be found here.  Statewide percent positivity for the week of Sept. 24 – Sept. 30 stood at 9.1%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, there were 93 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 29,907 deaths attributed to COVID-19, 843 new deaths in the last 14 days.  County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

For the 2021-2022 school year, the Department of Health is providing weekly updated case counts for two age groups: 0-4 capturing child care and early learning age children and 5-18 capturing kindergarten through high school age children. The case counts are totals for these age groups and not necessarily cases exposed in school, early learning or child care settings. The location of exposure cannot be determined but may have occurred in a variety of settings including the community, household/family, or the school setting.

The number of COVID-19 cases among school-aged children (between 5-18 years old) is more than 9 times greater this year than in 2020. In fact, between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5, 2020, there were a total of 778 COVID-19 cases in school-aged kids compared to 7,046 cases in the same age group during the same week in 2021.

The latest data is available in the “Updated Case and Death Information” section on the website.

Vaccine highlights

Federal data representing all 67 counties:

  • According to the CDC, as of Thursday, Oct. 7, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
  • According to the CDC, as of Thursday, Oct. 7, 69.4% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.


Statewide data representing the 66 counties within the Department of Health’s vaccine jurisdiction:

  • Pennsylvania’s vaccine dashboard was updated on Friday, July 9 to more accurately reflect the number of people who are partially and fully vaccinated in each county outside of Philadelphia, along with demographics of those receiving vaccine. For state-to-state comparisons, refer to the CDC vaccine data tracker.
  • Vaccine providers have administered 13,045,836 total vaccine doses, including 235,087 additional doses (which includes additional shots for immunocompromised individuals and booster shots), as of Friday, Oct. 8.  That represents an increase of 400,629 over the last 14 days.
  • 6,264,513 people are fully vaccinated, a 14 day increase of 88,902 in the last 14 days; with 45,318 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 26,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.

The department continues to urge Pennsylvanians to follow CDC guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rule and regulations, including healthcare, local business and workplace guidance. For the protection of themselves and others, individuals who have not yet been vaccinated or are partially vaccinated are still encouraged to wear a mask when in public. CDC also recommends all individuals wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

There are 231,577 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases.

There are 5,539,301 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 77,244 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 16,517 cases among employees, for a total of 93,761 at 1,634 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 14,176 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here. Note that the number of deaths reported to NEDSS is not exactly the same as the COVID-19 related deaths reported by the death registry. The number of deaths among nursing and personal care home residents and employees is taken from the PA-NEDSS death data, as this information is not available in the death registry data.

Approximately 31,403 of total cases have been among health care workers.

The Department of Health is working to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable and efficient to all PennsylvaniansVaccine dashboard data can also be found on the website to find more information on the doses administered and showcase demographic information.  The Unite Against COVID Weekly Update is a round-up of news you can use and answers to your most pressing vaccine questions – delivered directly to your inbox every week.


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