Your guide to finding case, vaccine and testing resources Spotlight PA

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Looking for Spotlight PA’s COVID-19 dashboard and Pennsylvania case and testing information? You are in the right place.

Due to the different ways state and federal agencies now report case data, we have decided to archive our live coronavirus dashboard. In its place, we’ve compiled a list of resources you can use to keep up to date with the pandemic in Pennsylvania. This page will be updated on the first business day of each month.

The information on this page is current as of June 1, 2022.

If you have a story idea or advice related to the pandemic response, please contact journalist Jamie Martines.

Where can I find data on cases, hospitalizations and other key data points?

The following pages provide data related to tests, case counts and hospitalizations. Details may differ between these dashboards depending on how often they are updated. For example, some may be updated weekly, while others are updated daily.

If you’re looking for Pennsylvania-specific data, check out these sources:

Pennsylvania Department of Health: Provides Pennsylvania-specific data on case counts, deaths, and hospitalizations by county and zip code. A separate dashboard displays detailed information about vaccinations, including reminders. This page also includes information on cases in nursing homes (known as long-term care facilities), hospitalizations and deaths among breakthrough cases, and the number of cases in children 18 and under.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Includes data on the number of cases, hospitalizations, vaccinations, and testing in Pennsylvania. This page also includes a map showing COVID community levels, which some regions might use to determine the types of mitigation measures — like guidelines or mask mandates — to use to prevent the spread of the virus.

If you also want to see how Pennsylvania compares to other states or countries, check out these sources:

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center presents the number of cases and deaths by state, territory and county nationwide.

The New York Times pulls data from a variety of federal, state, and local sources and regularly adjusts for anomalies in the data when calculating averages. Explore data by number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths by state, county and metropolitan area.

Where can I get a free COVID vaccine or booster shot?

Anyone aged 5 and over is eligible for a COVID vaccine and a booster shot. The CDC provides resources on how to choose a vaccine or booster, advice based on age or risk level, and answers to other frequently asked questions about COVID vaccines.

Most retail pharmacies offer vaccines and boosters. Many do not require an appointment, and all COVID shots are free, regardless of insurance or immigration status. You can find sites offering vaccines near you by entering your zip code at www.vaccines.gov.

What should I do if I lose my vaccine card?

If you have lost your vaccination card, the Pennsylvania Department of Health can help you get a new one.

How do I find a COVID test?

Most retail pharmacies offer at-home COVID testing. As of May 17, households can also order eight additional free rapid tests from the federal government through the US Postal Service website.

If you are looking for a PCR test, check with your local pharmacy, urgent care center, health clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital.

Some counties, like Allegheny, have partnered with COVID testing companies like Curative to offer pop-up testing sites or mobile testing vans. The state health department also operates a rotating schedule of public testing sites.

Are there still statewide COVID mandates?

Statewide COVID mitigation measures have been lifted in Pennsylvania.

Counties and municipalities can implement stricter requirements. Businesses, performance venues, restaurants or schools can also set their own COVID rules on masking, capacity limits or proof of vaccination.

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