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HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — On Friday, September 17, the Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed an additional 5,198 positive cases of COVID-19 since Thursday.
The department is now reporting a statewide total of positive cases at 1,370,247 and 28,812 COVID-19 related deaths, an increase of 44 since Thursday.
Statewide percent positivity for the week of Sept. 3 – Sept. 9 stood at 9.1%.
As of Thursday, 67.5% of the adult population has been fully vaccinated in Pennsylvania with a seven-day moving average of more than 16,500 people per day receiving vaccinations.
There are 5,309,189 tests that have come back negative to date.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports that 91% of those who have had COVID-19 have recovered.
In December, the daily increases were the highest they have ever been since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
A comparison of cases among school-aged children between 5-18 for the first week in September 2021 and 2020 shows the number of cases in the age group this year is nearly 10 times greater than the same timeframe in 2020. Between Sept. 4 and Sept. 10, 2020, there were a total of 574 COVID-19 cases in the age group compared to Sept. 2 and Sept. 8, 2021, when there were 5,371 cases in the same age group
The Department of Health has made the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases known by Zip Code, narrowing data down from the county level. View that map by clicking here and clicking the zip code tab under the map.
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