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All Pennsylvania Counties ‘High’ or ‘Substantial’ for COVID-19 Spread

A look at the spread of COVID-19 by the numbers

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):

  • Vaccinations:  Pennsylvania’s vaccine campaign remains ahead of the nation’s overall pace. More than 65 percent of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated, and 81.6 percent are at least partially vaccinated. Nationally, 62.8 percent of American adults are fully vaccinated, and 73.5 percent are partially vaccinated
  • Cases:  DOH reported 3,333 additional positive cases of COVID-19 today. The daily case count is significantly above the early summer reporting—when case counts ranged between 100 to 200 per day—but remains below the winter peak of more than 12,800 cases
  • Hospitalizations:  There are 1,645 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, a 300 percent increase from last month. Pennsylvania’s peak for COVID-19 hospitalizations was above 6,300 last winter. Nationally, more than 100,000 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, the highest total since January 2021
  • Community transmission:  All 67 Pennsylvania counties have high (59 counties) or substantial (8 counties) spread of the virus. Nationally, 92 percent of U.S. counties have a high level of transmission, up 5.6 percent from a week ago

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.