Pennsylvania COVID-19 weekly update, trends in vaccinations, cases and hospitalizations

The Pennsylvania Department of Health provided a weekly COVID-19 update Tuesday. Data as of Monday, January 17.

“In Pennsylvania we are carefully tracking post-vaccination, often called breakthrough, data which continues to show that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the most effective way to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death,” Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter said.

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“The odds are clearly stacked in favor of people who are vaccinated,” Klinepeter said. “We also know that vaccine boosters provide a greater level of protection from severe illness and death. That’s why we strongly recommend everyone 12 and older to get a booster dose now.”

Post-vaccination data between Jan. 1, 2021 and Jan. 4, 2022, and additional information is now posted online at: PA Post-Vaccination Data highlighting that unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated individuals accounted for: 78 percent of reported COVID-19 cases, 85 percent of reported COVID-19 hospitalizations, and 84 percent of reported COVID-19 deaths.

Weekly Update

According to the CDC, as of Monday, Jan. 17, 74.9% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated. This percentage reflects all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.

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If you or your loved ones are not yet vaccinated, now is the time to get fully vaccinated, get boosted, and get children ages 5 – 18 vaccinated. Visit to find a vaccine provider near you to schedule your vaccine appointment.

This week, the Department of Health analyzed the following vaccine data within its 66-county vaccine jurisdiction; Philadelphia is a separate vaccine jurisdiction: 275,919 vaccine doses were administered in the past week, including: 138,331 booster doses administered in the past week. 25,630 pediatric doses administered in the past week. 11.9% decrease in vaccines administered from previous week.

Here is a statewide summary of COVID-19 trends over the past 7 days Monday, Jan. 10 –Sunday, Jan. 16: The daily average number of cases was 25,417.

The number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, Jan. 17 was 3.8 percent higher than on Jan. 10. The percent of available adult and pediatric ICU beds in the state rose to 14.7% and 13.7%, respectively.

Approximately 31.8% of all staffed adult ICU beds are COVID-19 patients. 32.4% of all ventilators statewide are in use.

Berks County

In the last 7 days, The Department of Health has recorded 6,102 confirmed cases in Berks County.

Testing being conducted in the parking lot at Berks DES, 2561 Bernville Road, Reading, PA 19605. The site is being extended due to continued high case numbers in Berks and community use of the testing site..

Testing is offered: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 7pm, and Saturday from 9am to 3pm, open through January 29.

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