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Daily Coronavirus Briefing for Oct. 21

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This guide with interactive tables, charts and maps illustrates the current status of COVID-19 in Bucks County. These data are updated daily.

See the numbers: Bucks County Coronavirus Summary >>

Department of Health: Over 13.4 million vaccinations to date, 71% of Pennsylvanians Age 18 and older fully vaccinated

4,998 New Cases, 2,929 Patients Hospitalized and 668 Patients in Intensive Care Units 

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, there were 4,998 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,525,813

As of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, there were 94 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 30,815 deaths attributed to COVID-19. There are 2,929 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 668 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

 The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continues to increase. Statewide percent positivity for the week of Oct. 8 – Oct. 14 stood at 9.7%.

There are 242,692 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases. 

There are 5,644,883 individuals who have tested negative to date.

The number of COVID-19 cases among school-aged children (between 5-18 years old) is more than 9 times greater this year than in 2020. In fact, between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5, 2020, there were a total of 778 COVID-19 cases in school-aged kids compared to 7,046 cases in the same age group during the same week in 2021.

For the 2021-2022 school year, the Department of Health is providing weekly updated case counts for two age groups: 0-4 capturing child care and early learning age children and 5-18 capturing kindergarten through high school age children. Case counts will be updated on Thursday afternoon for the previous week and cumulative since Aug. 16, 2021, by county of residence. The case counts presented are total case counts in these age groups and are not necessarily cases exposed in school, early learning or child care settings. The location of exposure cannot be determined but may have occurred in a variety of settings including the community, household/family, or the school setting.   

The number of COVID-19 cases among school-aged children (between 5-18 years old) is more than 9 times greater this year than in 2020. In fact, between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5, 2020, there were a total of 778 COVID-19 cases in school-aged kids compared to 7,046 cases in the same age group during the same week in 2021.

Federal data representing all 67 counties

According to the CDC, as of Wednesday, Oct. 20, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered. According to the CDC, as of Wednesday, Oct. 20, 71% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Statewide data representing the 66 counties within the Department of Health’s vaccine jurisdiction

Pennsylvania’s vaccine dashboard was updated on Friday, July 9 to more accurately reflect the number of people who are partially and fully vaccinated in each county outside of Philadelphia, along with demographics of those receiving vaccine.

Vaccine providers have administered 13,482,302 total vaccine doses, including 414,625 additional doses (which includes additional shots for immunocompromised individuals and booster shots), as of Wednesday, Oct. 20. 6,404,179 people are fully vaccinated; with 40,442 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 24,600 people per day receiving vaccinations.

The department continues to urge Pennsylvanians to follow CDC guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rules and regulations, including health care, local business and workplace guidance. For the protection of themselves and others, individuals who have not yet been vaccinated or are partially vaccinated, are still encouraged to wear a mask when in public. Bucks County is in an area of substantial transmission. CDC also recommends all individuals wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

The CDC lists Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia counties as areas of high transmission.

Numbers by county as of October 21

  • Bucks County: 72,352 cases and 1,414 deaths
  • Chester County: 50,095 cases and 871 deaths
  • Delaware County: 61,404 cases and 1,493 deaths
  • Lehigh County: 47,872 cases and 932 deaths
  • Montgomery County: 84,459 cases and 1,836 deaths
  • Northampton County: 43,966 cases and 783 deaths
  • Philadelphia: 180,356 cases and 3,990 deaths

Numbers of children by county as of October 21

  • Bucks County: 33 cases age 0-4, 239 cases school age
  • Chester County: 38 cases age 0-4. 309 cases school age
  • Delaware County: 25 cases age 0-4, 331 cases school age
  • Lehigh County: 26 cases age 0-4, 144 cases school age
  • Montgomery County: 53 cases age 0-4, 252 cases school age
  • Northampton County: 23 cases age 0-4, 149 school age
  • Philadelphia: 92 cases age 0-4, 532 cases school age

Data Dashboard: County-specific information and a statewide map >>


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