Pa. surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases

Written by on March 25, 2021

Pa. surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases

By Tyler Pratt & The Associated Press

March 25, 2021

A nurse of the Public Health Service prepares a syringe with the COVID-19 vaccine at the Don Orione rest home in Rome, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. Elderly at Don Orione rest home received the COVID-19 vaccine Saturday in Rome, in a second round of vaccinations following those for health workers last week. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

As of March 24, Pennsylvania has surpassed 1 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The milestone comes amid rising infections and a setback in the state’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign

There have been roughly 50,000 COVID cases between Lehigh and Northampton counties since the onset of the pandemic. 

Daily infections in the commonwealth have risen more than 10% in the past two weeks, with hospitalizations beginning to drift up, too. 

On March 23, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported more than 4,500 new cases – the highest single-day number since early February. That number did drop on March 24 to just over 3,500 new cases.

Pennsylvania also learned this week that it will not get nearly as many doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as the federal government initially projected.

To date, the state has administered 4.6 million COVID vaccines, meaning 1.6 million Pennsylvanians have been fully vaccinated against the virus. 

Pennsylvania joins New York, California, Florida, Texas, and several other states in hitting the million case mark.

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