The Pa. Department of Health provides a COVID-19 update at 12 p.m.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 656 new Coronavirus cases and 36 additional deaths.

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This brings the statewide total to 1,204,099 cases and 27,295 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began.

There are 929 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19, and 229 patients are in ICUs.

The state says 10,678,935 total vaccine doses have been administered and 4,757,919 people are fully vaccinated. So far, 54.6% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated, and 58.6% of Pennsylvania’s entire population has received a first dose.

Pennsylvania is adopting the CDC’s newly relaxed mask-wearing guidelines, meaning fully vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks in most places.

The Department of Health says the mask mandate will be lifted on June 28, or even sooner if 70% of adults are fully vaccinated before then.

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All Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated, and eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine expanded to children ages 12 to 15 on May 10.

If you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard

There are 4,620,219 people who have tested negative for COVID-19 to date.

There have been 71,785 cases among residents and 15,426 cases among employees of licensed nursing and personal care homes statewide. Out of all total deaths, 13,294 have been in residents of nursing or personal care facilities.

The state also reports 28,787 healthcare workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 during the pandemic.

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