By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 4,998 new cases of coronavirus and 94 additional deaths.
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That brings the statewide total to 1,525,813 cases and 30,815 COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.
There are 2,929 people across the state in hospital with COVID-19, including 668 in intensive care.
The statewide positivity percentage increased to 9.7%.
The state reports that 13,482,302 total doses of vaccine have been administered and 6,404,179 people are fully immunized. So far, 71% of Pennsylvanians aged 18 and over are fully vaccinated.
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All Pennsylvanians 16 years of age or older are eligible to be vaccinated, and eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine was extended to children ages 12 to 15 on May 10.
If you have any concerns about the virus, you can check the state’s COVID-19 early warning monitoring system dashboard.
To date, 5,644,883 people have tested negative for COVID-19.
There were 78,521 cases among residents and 17,054 cases among employees of licensed nursing and personal care homes statewide. Of all the total deaths, 14,285 occurred in residents of nursing or personal care facilities.
The state also reports that 32,107 healthcare workers were diagnosed with COVID-19 during the pandemic.
# COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE Update (as of 10/21/21 at 00h00):
• 4,998 additional positive cases of COVID-19
• 1,525,813 total cases statewide
• 30,815 deaths statewide
• 13,482,302 doses of vaccine have been administered (as of 10/21/21)
More information: https://t.co/7pzosEXhEX
– PA Department of Health (@PAHealthDept) October 21, 2021
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