COVID-19 Update: Monday, February 9

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 4:30 P.M. on Monday, February 8, 2021.

Department of Health

Department of Health – by the numbers

  • The number of new daily cases has continued to decline in the past week but remains more than twice the daily highs recorded in the spring.
  • The daily death toll remains very high, although not as high as three weeks ago.
  • For the week from January 29 through February 4 the state’s overall COVID-19 test positivity rate fell to 8.6 percent; it was 9.3 percent the week before that.  This marked the seventh consecutive week the rate fell.
  • For the first time in several months, three counties have positivity rates less than five percent and no counties have positivity rates greater than 20 percent.
  • 59 counties are currently in “substantial levels of community transmissions,” the smallest number this winter.  One county – Cameron – is in a low level of community transmission and seven are in moderate levels of community transmission:  Armstrong, Bedford, Cambria, Elk, Indiana, Westmoreland, and Wyoming.
  • The number of Pennsylvanians hospitalized with COVID-19 is just 60 percent of what it was in mid-January; the number in hospital ICUs, 63 percent; and the number on ventilators, 59 percent.
  • Currently, 23 percent of adult ICU beds in the state are unoccupied, as are 19 percent of medical/surgical beds, 16 percent of pediatric ICU beds, 31 percent of pediatric beds, and 35 percent of airborne isolation units.
  • As of February 8 the state’s vaccine dashboard shows that 726,000 Pennsylvanians have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 287,000 have received both doses of vaccine.  These numbers do not include Philadelphia, which operates its own COVID-19 vaccination program.
  • The vaccine dashboard shows vaccine totals by county.

Department of State

Around the State

  • Elderly residents of rural Pennsylvania counties face challenges in getting COVID-19 vaccines.  Spotlight PA reports.
  • A bill in the state legislature proposes engaging the Pennsylvania National Guard in the effort to advance the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the state.  The Allentown Morning Call tells the story.
  • Alison Beam, nominated by Governor Wolf to be the state’s next Secretary of Health, met last week with the editorial board of the Harrisburg Patriot-News to discuss the state of Pennsylvania’s effort to administer COVID-19 vaccines.  Watch a video of that meeting.

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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