COVID-19 Update: Friday, January 8

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the state government as 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8.

Department of Health

Department of Health – by the numbers

  • Pennsylvania’s daily new case count generally remains at the high level it has been since mid-December but today was the state’s worst day since December 12.  Yesterday the state’s total number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began surpassed 700,000.
  • Yesterday the state’s overall death toll since the pandemic began passed 17,000.
  • The numbers of Pennsylvanians hospitalized with COVID-19, in hospital ICUs, and on ventilators remain very high but are at their lowest levels since early December.
  • More than 20,000 health care workers in the state have contracted COVID-19.
  • More than 66,000 long-term-care facility residents and employees have contracted COVID-19 in 1491 facilities in all 67 Pennsylvania counties.
  • Currently, 13 percent of adult ICU beds in the state are unoccupied, as are 13 percent of medical/surgical beds, 16 percent of pediatric ICU beds, 23 percent of pediatric beds, and 30 percent of airborne isolation units.  The proportion of unoccupied medical/surgical beds, pediatric ICU beds, and pediatric beds has declined considerably over the past three days.
  • In its “Reduction of Elective Procedures” dashboard that tracks the criteria the state is using to determine whether to order hospitals to reduce or eliminate elective procedures to ensure their ability to handle possible influxes of COVID-19 patients, the state has flagged a growing staffing shortage in hospitals in the state’s Keystone health care coalition region (Adams, Bedford, Blair, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder, and York counties).  In that region, 41 percent of the region’s hospitals anticipate a staffing shortage in the coming week – more than the 33 percent level that the state identifies as a potential problem.  The overall situation in the Keystone region, however, has not reached a point where the state would direct hospitals in this region to reduce or eliminate their elective surgeries.

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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