Weekly COVID-19 Update: 504,764 Vaccinations to Date in Chester County

State Public Health Laboratory in Exton Tests for COVID-19State Public Health Laboratory in Exton Tests for COVID-19; Pennsylvania Commonwealth microbiologist Kerry Pollard performs a manual extraction of the coronavirus inside the extraction lab at the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories.

CHESTER COUNTY, PA — The Pennsylvania National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (PA-NEDSS) today confirmed  331 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Chester County between  May 11 and May 17, bringing the countywide total to 40,241 which includes 6,853 cases defined as probable and 801 deaths. Of these, an estimated 37,021 patients can be considered recovered.* The remaining active cases are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

Through May 16, there have been 504,764 doses of the vaccine administered in Chester County. Of which, there are  149,442 people who have received one dose (partially covered) and  177,661 people who have received two doses (fully covered). The math results in 504,764 doses administered to 327,103 people.

In long-term care facilities and personal care homes, there are 2,052 resident cases of COVID-19 and 742 cases among employees at 64 of 75 distinct facilities in Chester County. Out of the total deaths from COVID-19 in the county, 484 have occurred in residents from long-term care facilities or personal care facilities.

There have been a total of 210,255 Chester County residents who tested negative for the COVID-19 virus to date.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Neighboring Counties

The health data below lists the confirmed cases in neighboring counties:

  • Berks County, Pennsylvania – Cases: 47,336 | Deaths: 1,016
  • Montgomery County, Pennsylvania – Cases: 69,552 | Deaths: 1,694
  • Delaware County, Pennsylvania – Cases:  51,677 | Deaths: 1,370
  • New Castle County, Delaware(1) – Cases: 63,262 | Deaths: 820
  • Cecil County, Maryland(2) – Cases: 6,235| Deaths: 134
  • Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – Cases: 54,601 | Deaths: 1,133
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Health officials stress the role every person plays in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
  • If you must go out, you are required to wear a mask when in a business or where it is difficult to maintain proper social distancing.
  • Download the COVID Alert PA app and make your phone part of the fight. The free app can be found in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store by searching for “covid alert pa.

For an updated map with the number of statewide cases by county, visit here. For more information on COVID-19 in Chester County, visit www.Chesco.org/Coronavirus.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Pennsylvania hospitals began receiving shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 14 and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 21. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine was first allocated to Pennsylvania the week of March 1, and the commonwealth is using it for a special initiative involving K-12 and early education educators and support staff.

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home, even if fully vaccinated. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

While vaccine supply from the federal government remains limited, the Department of Health states it is working to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable and efficient.

The Commonwealth’s “Your Turn” tool provides a way to register to be alerted when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.

For a map with the number of cases in Chester County by municipality, visit here. A mobile-friendly version of this information can be found here. However, the most accurate daily data is available on the PA Department of Health website, with archived data also available.


Editor’s Note: Initially, MyChesCo pulled county-specific COVID-19 data from the Chester County Health Department’s COVID-19 Dashboard. However, over time, that data became inconsistent and unreliable. Therefore, except where noted, MyChesCo is using data from the Pennsylvania National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (PA-NEDSS) as the primary data source for daily updates.

* Pennsylvania calculates individuals who have recovered as if a case has not been reported as a death, and it is more than 30 days past the date of the patient’s first positive test (or onset of symptoms) then an individual is considered recovered.
(1) Provided by the Delaware Health Department based on the most recently available information. Data is provisional and subject to change as new information becomes available.
(2) Provided by the Maryland Department of Health based on the most recently available information. All data are preliminary and are subject to change based on additional reporting.
(3) Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.

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