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All Pennsylvania Counties Remain ‘High’ for COVID-19 Spread

5 Things to know from today’s COVID-19 news

September 22, 2021

The spread of the Delta variant continues to pose challenges in Pennsylvania, as all 67 counties report “high” rates of transmission for COVID-19, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The news comes as global leaders convened today to discuss a worldwide strategy to combat the virus, and the CDC’s advisory panel discussed next steps for potential booster shots.

During the virtual COVID-19 Summit held today, President Joe Biden said America would become the “arsenal of vaccines,” with a pledge to donate 1.1 billion doses around the world.

“But we also know that to beat the pandemic here, we need to beat it everywhere,” he said.

Here are five things to know from today’s COVID-19 news:

  1. Cases, hospitalizations, deaths:  Pennsylvania reported 4,394 new cases and 2,518 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. There were 613 patients in the intensive care unit. Nationally, the seven-day average for deaths is 1,513
  2. Vaccination progress:  The commonwealth remains ahead of the national pace for COVID-19 vaccinations. About 68 percent of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated, compared to 66 percent of all Americans 18 and older
  3. Continuing trends:  The CDC updated its data Thursday to indicate that 94 percent of U.S. counties have high rates of transmission
  4. Booster news:  The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices began its two-day review of COVID-19 boosters today. The vaccine committee is expected to provide more clarity about the groups eligible for booster doses
  5. Quotable:  “The level of misinformation and disinformation about COVID vaccines that’s been circulating online has been astounding, and this has proven much more difficult to address,” Dr. Lee Savio Beers, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said during a U.S. House subcommittee meeting today

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 PhiladelphiaPennsylvania, and the U.S. is available online.