News Live 365: January 15th, 2021

The SARS CoV-2 Virus which is the viral cause of COVID-19 continues to spread around the world and of course around the State of Pennsylvania.  Vaccines for the virus are still in the first stages of being administered in the United States, and each state has developed its own method for how they are distributing the vaccines.  In Pennsylvania the current stock of vaccines for COVID-19 are mostly being provided to healthcare professionals and residents in care facilities with excess being provided to other frontline workers like teachers. January is not an easy month for COVID infections, but so far has not been as bad as December. Across the state it is expected that we will surpass 750,000 confirmed past and present cases of COVID-19 before the weekend begins and there are currently about 180,000 people infected with the disease. Currently about 5,000 individuals are hospitalized due to COVID with more than 1,000 in the ICU and 626 people ventilated; the death toll sits at nearly 19,000.
Influenza cases have now been reported in all 67 counties across the state, but so far we’ve only confirmed 2,047 cases since flu season began last September with 27 hospitalizations and nine deaths.