Pa.’s weekly COVID-19 update paints a grim picture

Written by on January 18, 2022

Pa.’s weekly COVID-19 update paints a grim picture

By Mariella Miller
January 18, 2022

This week’s COVID update from the Pa. DOH was not good news. (Photo | National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases / File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday updated its COVID-19 data for the week ending Jan. 16, and the numbers keep going up. 

The average number of new daily cases rose to 25,417, bringing the number of people hospitalized with COVID to about 7,000, an almost 4 percent jump from the prior week.

About a third of the adult ICU beds across the state support COVID patients, and about a third of ventilators across the state are in use.

The number of vaccines administered last week dropped almost 12 percent, according to the data.

Officials also said unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated individuals accounted for: 

  • 78% of reported COVID-19 cases;
  • 85% of reported COVID-19 hospitalizations; and,  
  • 84% of reported COVID-19 deaths. 

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