Department of Health provides update on COVID-19: 6,147 patients hospitalized and 1,232 patients in the Intensive Care Unit

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., December 19th, that there were 9,834 additional positive cases of COVID-19. This brings the statewide total to 548,489. 

There are 6,147 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, double the peak in the spring.

Of that number, 1,232 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

More data is available here.

The trend in the 14-day moving average of number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 5,400 since the end of September.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of December 4 – December 10 stood at 16.2%.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

As of 11:59 p.m. Friday, December 18, there were 217 new deaths reported for a total of 13,825 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 39,924 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 640 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure. 

There are 3,131,631 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 47,189 resident cases of COVID-19, and 8,616 cases among employees, for a total of 55,805 at 1,428 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Out of the total deaths, 8,065 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 17,656 of our total cases are among health care workers.

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