Phase 1c of vaccination push to start April 12
by PublicSource Reporters
The Allegheny County Health Department [ACHD] confirmed 418 new COVID-19 cases and five new deaths from the virus Wednesday.
The cases came from individuals from six months to 92 years old, with a median age of 34. The deaths, dated from Dec. 27 to Apr. 5, took one person in their 50s, one in their 70s, one in their 80s and two in their 90s.
To date, ACHD has confirmed 88,573 COVID-19 cases, 1,797 deaths from the virus and 6,109 past and present hospitalizations.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health [DOH] confirmed 4,643 new COVID-19 cases and 48 new deaths Wednesday, bringing the new pandemic totals to 1,054,298 cases and 25,285 deaths.
There are also 2,384 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, about 19% of whom are in intensive care units. Nursing and personal care home residents and staff represent about 8% of the state’s total caseload and approximately 51% of the state’s total death toll.
Pennsylvania has administered first vaccine doses to 35.4% of its eligible population, placing it as of Wednesday 11th among all states regarding the percentage of the eligible population injected with a first dose.
Pennsylvania on Monday moved to phase 1B of vaccinations, which includes people in congregate settings, postal workers, manufacturing workers, clergy, transit workers and educators not already vaccinated. More than 112,500 teachers and school staff in Pennsylvania were vaccinated within three weeks, Gov. Tom Wolf announced on April 2 at an appearance in Luzerne County.
Vaccines open to all adults April 19
All Pennsylvanians, 16 years of age and older, will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination Apr. 19, almost two weeks prior to the deadline suggested by President Joe Biden, the state’s Department of Health [DOH] announced March 31.
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