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Cases, vaccination rates continue to rise

Cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, as well as the number of vaccinations administered in the state, have both continued their upward trends this past week.

In a press release to the public this morning, the Pennsylvania Department of health announced that between the dates of Sept. 25 and 27, an additional 12,223 positive COVID-19 cases were recorded in the state. The increase in cases brought the statewide total up to 1,415,049.

It should be noted that the state health department does not include Philadelphia in its COVID-19 statistics.

Currently in the state, there are 2,691 individuals who are hospitalized with COVID-19, 660 of which are in the intensive care unit.

The press release also states that between Friday and Saturday, there were a recorded 87 new deaths in the state. The press release also states that Pennsylvania currently ranks fifth among all 50 U.S. states in terms of total administered vaccine doses, with 68.5% of state residents 18 and older having been fully vaccinated. There have been 12,706,667 vaccines administered in Pennsylvania, as well as an additional 88,618 doses which have gained authorization recently for those who are immunocompromised.

“At UPMC, our goal is to start and complete the best care as promptly and safely as possible,” said Dr. Michael Gerst, chief medical officer, Emergency Services at UPMC. “For many, any wait at an emergency department is short. But, given the high numbers of people seeking emergency care at some sites, especially at this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must use an initial triage process in each UPMC emergency department to help prioritize patients for care when immediate space is tight. That evaluation is done by a trained professional and uses many factors, including potential severity and time waiting to aid.”

“UPMC urges others with new or worsened illnesses and injuries to take advantage of outpatient options such as UPMC Primary Care offices and virtual appointments through UPMC’s Anywhere Care or UPMC Children’s Anywhere Care (for anyone up to 17 years old),” Gerst added.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health continues to urge state residents to follow CDC guidelines regarding masking and other safety protocols which remain vital to slowing the spread and rate of infections both in the state and the country.

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