HARRISBURG (CBS) — The coronavirus vaccine has arrived in Pennsylvania as health officials reported nearly 8,000 new COVID-19 cases Monday. That number is in addition to 10,684 cases reported on Sunday, which combines for a two-day total of 18,646.
The statewide total number of coronavirus cases now stands at 499,764.
There are 5,970 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 1,227 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.
The trend in the 14-day moving average of number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 4,900 since the end of September.
The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 also rose to 12,565.
These latest numbers come just as the first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine arrived in Philadelphia.
On Monday morning, Einstein Healthcare received 1,900 doses.
During a press conference Monday, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine announced that the state will be receiving 97,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week.
According to Levine, 83 hospitals across the state will receive the vaccine and will begin distribution with health care workers. Levine said it “will be months” before manufacturers produce enough vaccine to immunize the general public.
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