Governor Tom Wolf and Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System dashboard, highlighting a seven-day case increase of 4,811, a statewide percent positivity of 3.8% and one county with substantial transmission status.
“COVID is tough, but together Pennsylvanians are tougher. Pennsylvania continues to see positive trends – low case counts and increased vaccinations every day,” Gov. Wolf said. “Over 50 percent of Pennsylvanians are fully vaccinated and that number continues to increase.”
As of Thursday, May 27, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 4,811 cases; the previous seven-day increase was 7,240 cases, indicating 2,429 fewer new cases across the state over the past week compared to the previous week.
The statewide percent-positivity decreased to 3.8 percent from 4.5 percent when compared to last week. There are now 40 counties that have a positivity rate lower than 5 percent. There are no counties reporting over 20 percent positivity rate.
“Together we can defeat COVID-19 in our communities,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. “We encourage Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and talk to your friends and family about doing the same to add the best protection against the virus to your loved ones and ultimately make your communities a safer place to live, work and play.”
There are three levels of transmission: low, moderate and substantial.
For the week ending May 28, there were 10 counties in the low level of transmission, 56 counties in the moderate level of transmission, and one county were in the substantial level of community transmission.
- Low – Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Warren
- Moderate – Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Somerset, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, York
- Substantial – Wyoming
Cases Among 5-18-Year-Olds
The Department of Health provides weekly data on the number of statewide cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds.
Throughout the pandemic, there have been 132,430 total cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds. Of that total, 1,360 occurred between May 21 – May 27.
The Department of Health provides weekly data on the number of individuals who responded to case investigators that they spent time at business establishments (restaurants, bars, gym/fitness centers, salon/barbershops) and at mass gatherings 14 days prior to the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.
The department continues to prioritize case investigations to prevent outbreaks. In addition to the need for people to answer the call from a case investigator, Pennsylvanians should continue to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Of the 8,960 cases reported May 16 – May 22 and excluding Philadelphia County residents and those who answered the digital case investigation, 24.1 percent (2,902) of respondents provided an answer to the question as to whether they spent time at a business establishment.
Of the 8,960 cases, 22.2 percent (1,988) answered the question as to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event. Of the 22.2 percent of cases, 2.8 percent (246) answered yes to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event 14 days prior to onset of symptoms.
Compared to data reported on May 25, this week’s data saw an increase for people who reported going to a restaurant (50 percent vs. 32 percent last week), those going to the bar (11 percent vs. 10 percent last week), and those going to some other business (32 percent vs. 10 percent last week). The data saw a decrease for people who reported going to the gym (9 percent vs.17 percent last week). The number of those who reported going to a salon/barbershop remained the same (5 percent vs. 5 percent last week).
The number of those attended a mass gathering or other large event increased from 12.3 to 15.4 percent compared to last week.
In addition to the traditional case investigation, the Department of Health launched the Connect & Protect Form as a means to complete a digital case investigation. During the week of May 16 – May 22, there were 557 forms completed and returned. Of the 98.4 percent, or 548 people, who answered whether they spent time at any business establishment two days before symptom onset or positive collection date if asymptomatic, 13.1 percent, or 73 individuals, individuals answered yes:
- 38 percent (28) of those who said yes reported going to a restaurant;
- 8 percent (6) of those who said yes reported going to some other business establishment;
- 6 percent (4) of those who said yes reported going to a bar;
- 3 percent (2) of those who said yes reported going to a gym/fitness center; and
- 1 percent (1) of those who said yes reported going to a salon/barbershop.
The numbers above highlight business settings and mass gatherings as possible sites for transmission. With less than 10 percent of those asked about what types of businesses they visited or if they attended a mass gathering responding to the question, the department is again reminding Pennsylvanians that it is essential that they answer the phone when case investigators call and to provide full and complete information to these clinical professionals or on the Connect & Protect form the case investigator provides.
Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of in what county they live. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic. Pennsylvanians are encouraged to wash their hands, social distance, avoid gatherings and download COVID Alert PA.