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Pa. Health Dept.: More than 5K COVID-19 cases; More than 2,800 hospitalized

By: - October 6, 2021 4:56 pm

After a second dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, a swarm of antibodies attacks the virus. (Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library via Getty Images)

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 5,058 new cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases statewide to more than 1.45 million since the start of the pandemic.

As of Wednesday, there were 2,891 people hospitalized with COVID-19, according to state health data. Of that number, 675 patients with COVID-19 are in the intensive care unit.

The department confirmed 111 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 to 29,7222 since the start of the pandemic.

Pennsylvania’s positivity rate remains at 9.1 percent.

As of midday Wednesday, 69.2 percent of Pennsylvanians 18 or older are fully vaccinated, the Health Department said in a statement.

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