• The state also reported 1,820 breakthrough hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic
  • This year, 1,820 fully vaccinated residents were admitted to hospitals with COVID-19  
  • The number of COVID-19 infections in Pennsylvania has been on the rise since July

More than 200 people in Pennsylvania have died of COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated against the virus, according to state data.

Between Jan. 1 and Sept. 7, 2021, 213 fully vaccinated individuals died of the novel coronavirus. The deaths represent 3% of the 6,472 COVID-19-related deaths reported in the state in the same period. 

The data, which was updated on Sept. 14, also showed 7 fully vaccinated deaths in 100,000 people. In comparison, 56 unvaccinated people in 100,000 residents died of COVID-19. 

During the same period, 1,820 fully vaccinated residents were admitted to the hospital with COVID-19. At least 32,648 hospitalizations occurred in people who have yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the data states. 

More than 35,300 fully vaccinated people reported breakthrough COVID-19 infections this year, which represents 6% of all confirmed coronavirus cases in the state. Infections among the unvaccinated were 7.1 times higher than those seen among the fully vaccinated population in the state, according to the data.

Between Sept. 8 and Sept. 14, authorities also reported 7,218 COVID-19 cases that involved children aged 5 to 18. During the same period in 2020, the state only logged 630 coronavirus infections among children.

This year, between Aug. 16 and Sept. 15, the state logged 23,000 pediatric coronavirus cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Pennsylvania has reported 214,919 pediatric COVID-19 infections, according to a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Pennsylvania has seen a steady rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths since July, according to an analysis by The New York Times

The Pennsylvania Department of Health listed 4,939 new positive COVID-19 cases and 68 additional deaths, bringing the statewide total to 1,387,872 infections and 28,932 deaths as of Tuesday.

Officials for the Department of Health also reported 35 new COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 7 patients admitted to the intensive care unit. In the week beginning Sept. 10 and ending on Sept. 16, the statewide percent positivity rate was at 8.9%, according to Erie News Now.

Nationally, the United States has so far reported 43,242,302 coronavirus cases and 696,867 deaths, according to worldometer data.

hospital-1802680_1920 Representation. Kevin McKenzie, 33, urged people on Facebook to get vaccinated, all while he was fighting COVID-19 at the hospital. Photo: Pixabay