COVID-19 Update: Friday, August 28

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28.

Governor Wolf

Governor Wolf announced that the state is awarding $10 million in grants to 23 recipients to support the rapid advancement of vaccines, treatments, and therapies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Find a list of grant recipients here.

Governor Wolf announced that the state will distribute more than $117 million in CARES Act funding to child care providers across Pennsylvania.

Department of Health – by the numbers

  • The number of new COVID-19 cases has remained generally steady for the past two weeks, although today’s figure is the highest in nearly two weeks.
  • COVID-19 death totals continue to fluctuate from day to day.
  • More than 9500 health care workers in the state have contracted COVID-19.
  • The number of Pennsylvanians hospitalized with COVID-19 is higher than it was a week ago.
  • The number of Pennsylvanians on ventilators has generally been declining but is up in recent days.
  • More than 25,000 residents and staff of 925 long-term-care facilities in 61 of the state’s 67 counties have now contracted COVID-19.
  • 22 percent of the beds in Pennsylvania’s acute-care hospitals are currently unoccupied, as are  24 percent of adult ICU beds, 13 percent of pediatric ICU beds, 36 percent of pediatric beds, and 43 percent of airborne isolation rooms.

Resources to Consult

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Main COVID-19 Page

COVID-19 Provider Resources

Press Releases

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Main COVID-19 Page

PA Health Alert Network

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Main COVID-19 Page


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