August 26, 2021
The Delta variant continues to spread across the commonwealth, and all 67 Pennsylvania counties have “high” or “substantial” transmission of the virus, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As cases and hospitalizations increase, public health leaders are urging Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth to get vaccinated and follow the proper public health precautions to limit the spread of the virus.
“Vaccines are clearly our best weapon against infection,” Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, Philadelphia’s acting public health commissioner, said during a briefing this week. “Although children under 12 can’t be vaccinated, the people around them can and should be.”
Here are a few key figures from the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH):
With the spread of the Delta variant, the U.S. is seeing encouraging signs as the pace of vaccinations has started to increase, Dr. Vivek Murthy, the U.S. Surgeon General, said during an event hosted today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
“The most important role the vaccine plays is in saving your life, in preventing you from ending up in the hospital,” Dr. Murthy said. “And by that measure, these vaccines have worked remarkably well.”
HAP continues to monitor the latest COVID-19 public health developments and will provide updates to members. A look at the latest COVID-19 data for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. is available online.
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