Center County Adds 55 COVID-19 Cases; Statewide COVID hospitalizations fall below 2,000

Pennsylvania and Center County COVID-19 Dashboard for February 19, 2022. Image via Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Center County recorded 55 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday to bring its total to 34,492, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Of the total cases, 30,648 are confirmed and 3,844 are probable.

The county’s seven-day rolling average for new cases is 40, down from 57 a week ago and 93 two weeks ago.

Pennsylvania reported 4,277 new positives to bring the statewide total to 2,742,752.

It was the Commonwealth’s highest number of new cases in a week, but the statewide seven-day average continues to fall. The seven-day moving average is 2,908, down from 3,593 a week ago and 6,856 two weeks ago.

Hospitalizations

According to the DOH’s Hospital Readiness Dashboard, 26 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in Center County, four more than Friday, with none in intensive care or on ventilators for the sixth straight day.

Mount Nittany Medical Center reported Friday that its average daily COVID-19 count in February was 34 and for the past week was 28. That’s significantly down from January’s average daily COVID count of 45 and 57 in December.

“Our average daily number of COVID-19 positive admissions has dropped significantly, allowing the resumption of a number of our services, including day surgery and an increasing number of surgeries requiring an overnight stay,” said Dr. Tiffany Cabibbo, executive vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, said in a statement. “Although community transmission has slowed, it is important that we continue to be vigilant against COVID-19. We encourage everyone to continue to do their part. »

Statewide, hospitalizations for COVID-19 fell below 2,000 for the first time since Sept. 6. According to the DOH’s Hospital Readiness Dashboard, 1,976 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in Pennsylvania, 158 fewer than Friday, with 373 patients in intensive care. [-21] and 219 under fans [-27].

The Commonwealth recorded 2,481 average daily COVID-19-specific hospitalizations for the week of Feb. 11-17, up from 3,426 a week earlier, according to the updated DOH. early warning monitoring dashboard.

Deaths

The DOH did not update data on COVID-19 deaths on Saturday. As of Friday, Pennsylvania had 42,686 deaths attributed to the virus, including 333 among Center County residents.

Positivity rate

Center County’s PCR test positivity rate for the week of Feb. 11-17 was 10%, down from 12.9% the previous seven days and marking a decline for the sixth straight week, according to the Monitoring Dashboard. . The rate was the 16th lowest among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

The county recorded 243 new cases for the seven-day period, down 98 from the previous week.

The statewide positivity rate was 9.7%, down from 12.7% the previous seven days. The Commonwealth recorded 15,742 new positives between February 11 and 17, down 7,244 from the previous week.

Transmit level

Center County remains at the highest level of community transmission of COVID-19 on the Centers for Disease Control scale, according to the latest county level updating data.

Statewide, 65 of 67 counties are at the high level, with Delaware and Lehigh counties ranked as substantial, the second-highest level on the CDC scale.

Transmission levels are based on the positivity rate and cases per 100,000 people over the previous seven days. At the substantial and high levels, CDC guidelines recommend that all people, regardless of their vaccination status, wear masks in indoor public places.

Cases in children

For the 2021-2022 school year, the DOH provides weekly updated case counts for two age groups: 0-4 years old capturing preschool and daycare children and 5-18 years old capturing children from preschool to high school. The number of cases does not necessarily represent exposure at school or daycare, and the location of exposure cannot be determined in most cases.

For the week of Feb. 9-15, there were 31 new cases among children in the 0-4 age group and 36 in the 5-18 age group in Center County. About 22% of all cases in Center County that week were in children ages 0-18.

Since August 16, there have been 3,200 cases among people aged 0 to 18 in Center County – 640 between the ages of 0 to 4 and 2,560 between the ages of 5 and 18 – representing approximately 19% of all cases during this time.

Nursing and personal care home cases

Center County long-term care facilities reported no new cases of COVID-19 among residents or employees. A total of 20 nursing and personal care homes in the county have had a total of 773 resident cases, 746 employee cases and 182 resident deaths.

jail case

Benner State Prison has 10 active cases of COVID-19 among inmates, one up from Friday, and nine among staff, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. [-2].

Rockview State Prison has one active inmate case and four on staff [+1].

Both facilities are located in Benner Township.

In Benner, 1,470 inmates are fully vaccinated, 18 are partially vaccinated, and 188 are unvaccinated. Of the staff, 314 are fully vaccinated and 314 are unvaccinated.

Rockview has 1,701 fully vaccinated and 63 unvaccinated inmates. Of the staff, 349 are fully vaccinated [+3] and 368 are not vaccinated [-3].

Vvaccinations

The DOH did not update vaccination data on Saturday. As of Friday, 93,863 people in Center County are fully vaccinated and 14,055 are partially covered. Booster doses were given to 48,266 county residents.

Among the county’s entire population, 69.2% have received at least one dose, 58.9% are fully vaccinated and 50.3% are fully vaccinated with a booster, according to the CDC. Among adult residents, 74.5% received at least one dose, 63.1% are fully vaccinated and 52.9% received a booster.

Statewide, 76.2% of adults and 66.7% of the total population are fully immunized.

Vaccination appointments are available via Medicine Center Volunteers, Mount Nittany Health and through other pharmacies and providers listed on vaccines.gov.

All individuals 12 years and older are now eligible to receive a booster of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Center County Cases by ZIP Code:

*Note: Changes are in parentheses. Specific numbers for ZIP codes with 1-4 cases are redacted by the health department. Cases are not always immediately assigned to postal codes.

16,801 (State College): 8,482 confirmed [+7]1,156 likely [+9]

16,823 (Bellefonte and Pleasant Gap): 6,091 confirmed [+5]563 likely [+4]

16,803 (State College): 3,180 confirmed [+8]640 probable [+3]

16866 (Philipsburg): 2,024 confirmed [+2]295 likely

16802 (university park): 1,829 confirmed [+2]269 ​​likely [+1]

16870 (Port Matilda): 1,247 confirmed [+2]169 likely

16841 (Howard): 1,057 confirmed [+3]97 likely [+1]

16828 (Center Hall): 776 confirmed, 80 probable [+1]

16827 (Boalsburg): 719 confirmed, 100 probable

16875 (Spring Mills): 641 confirmed, 73 probable

16844 (Julian): 536 confirmed [+1]52 likely

16845 (Karthaus): 512 confirmed [+1]35 probable

16877 (Warrior’s Mark): 291 confirmed, 29 probable

16853 (Milesburg): 279 confirmed [+1]20 probable

16874 (Snow Shoe): 272 confirmed, 36 probable

16826 (Blanchard): 242 confirmed, 16 probable

16865 (Pennsylvania Furnace): 218 confirmed, 21 probable

16820 (Aaronsburg): 183 confirmed [+1]26 likely

16829 (Clarence): 177 confirmed, 24 probable

16854 (Millheim): 175 confirmed, 16 probable

16872 (Rebersburg): 163 confirmed, 16 probable

16851 (Lemont): 158 confirmed [+1]25 probable

16859 (Moshannon): 96 confirmed, 6 probable

16868 (Pine Grove Mills): 93 confirmed, 11 probable

16832 (Coburn): 88 confirmed, 8 probable

16677 (Sandy Ridge): 80 confirmed, 6 probable

16835 (Fleming): 59 confirmed, 8 probable

16856 (Mingoville): 51 confirmed, 10 probable

16852 (Madisonburg): 43 confirmed, 5 probable

16882 (Woodward): 39 confirmed, 5 confirmed

16804 (State College): 20 confirmed, 1-4 confirmed

16863 (Orviston): 19 confirmed

16805 (State College): 1-4 confirmed

Cases among counties bordering Center County

Blair: 29,177 [+35]

Open field: 18,883 [+36]

Mifflin: 12,106 [+10]

Union: 11,471 [+22]

Huntingdon: 11,313 [+19]

Clinton: 8,911 [+12]

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