Scott Blanchard is Senior Editor, WITF News and StateImpact Pennsylvania. The latter is an award-winning public media collaboration among WITF, WHYY in Philadelphia, WPSU in State College and The Allegheny Front in Pittsburgh that covers the state’s energy economy.
Blanchard was named StateImpact editor in 2017, and named senior editor for WITF and StateImpact in 2021. Previously, he was enterprise editor at the York (Pa.) Daily Record, where he led the newsroom’s investigative and projects reporting. He was a 2013 Ochberg Fellow, receiving training at Columbia University in PTSD science, self-help and peer support. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors. A Rockville, Md., native, he is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s journalism school.
Updated: May 19, 2021 | 7:09 pm
WITF’s news team will update this page regularly with the latest information about cases, hospitalizations, deaths and vaccinations.
The Food and Drug Administration has authorized two-dose COVID-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna for emergency use, as well as a single-dose shot from Johnson and Johnson. Pennsylvania began distributing the first vaccines in December 2020.
The commonwealth is currently in Phase 2 of the rollout. All Pennsylvanians ages 12 and older are eligible.
The chart below shows approximate risk levels based on the incidence rate in central Pennsylvania counties. This is the average number of new cases reported each day, per 100,000 residents, and is calculated as a seven-day average to smooth out any spikes or valleys in reported data. Learn more about these risk levels.
Five weeks are included to show how counties’ case counts are changing over time.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported its first cases of COVID-19 on March 6, 2020. Cases in the commonwealth peaked in December 2020, with a record 12,884 new cases reported on Dec. 5. That winter surge of the virus subsided, but daily cases are once again increasing and remain above levels seen during the first and second waves.
Click the arrows below to see how the number of positive tests and deaths have changed over time.