Center County remains at low COVID-19 community level for third straight week

Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 community levels in Pennsylvania as of October 7, 2022. Image via Centers for Disease Control.

Center County remained community low for COVID-19 for the third straight week as new cases and hospitalizations related to the virus continued to decline, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control Thursday evening.

At the low level, the CDC recommends wearing a mask if symptomatic, if someone has tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone who has, and on public transportation, but does not recommend universal indoor masking in public places.

Statewide, seven of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, including neighboring Mifflin, are at the high level, three more than last week. Thirty-three are at the low level and 27 at the medium level [-3].

Hospitalizations and cases

For a county to be at the low level, it has less than 200 new cases per 100,000 population over a seven-day period, with less than 10 COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population and less than 10% of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients over the same period.

Center County had a case rate of 65.28 per 100,000 people (down from 97.3 last week) and 6.7 new COVID admissions per 100,000 (down from 9.1), with 4.7% of beds of hospitalization occupied by patients hospitalized for COVID-19 (compared to 5.6%).

As of Thursday, Mount Nittany Medical Center had 11 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, according to its last inpatient. dashboard update, with none in intensive care or on ventilators. The patients are between 61 and 88 years old. For the week of September 30 to October 30. 6, Mount Nittany had an average daily COVID inpatient count of 10, up from 15 last week.

According to the latest weekly update from the Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday, 1,165 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized statewide, 21 fewer than a week ago, including 123 in intensive care. [-18] and 56 sub fans [-12].

Center County added 106 new cases reported last week, a 33% decrease from the previous seven days, according to DOH data.

The seven-day rolling average for new cases is 15.1, down from 22.6.

The county has had a total of 41,349 cases of COVID-19 (36,814 confirmed and 4,535 probable) since March 2020.

Pennsylvania had 12,431 new positive cases reported in the past week, down 18% from a week ago. The seven-day moving average of 1,776 is down from 2,172 the previous week.

The total number of statewide cases since the start of the pandemic is now 3,266,934.

Deaths

The DOH recorded no new deaths attributed to the virus among Center County residents over the past week, maintaining the total at 371.

With 110 new deaths from COVID-19 identified by the Pennsylvania Death Registry last week, the statewide total is now 47,323.

Pennsylvania and Center County COVID-19 Dashboard for October 5, 2022. Image via Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Positivity rate

Center County PCR test positivity rates for the week of September 28 through October. 4 was 10.2%, down from 12.3% the previous seven days, according to the DOH early warning monitoring dashboard. The rate was the 12th lowest among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

The statewide positivity rate was 12.2%, down from 13% the previous week.

Vaccination

As of Wednesday morning, 99,149 people in Center County have completed the primary vaccination series and 14,549 are partially covered. Bivalent booster doses were given to 10,247 county residents.

Among the county’s entire population, 73.2% have received at least one dose, 62% have completed the primary vaccine series and 55% have received at least one booster, according to the CDC. Among adult residents, 78% received at least one dose, 66% completed the primary series and 56.8% received a booster.

Statewide, 80.5% of adults and 71.1% of the total population completed the primary series, while at least one booster dose was given to 47.7% of adults and 45.2 % of total population.

Vaccination appointments are available at pharmacies and providers listed on vaccines.gov.

Vaccine providers have started administering updated COVID-19 booster shots. The vaccines, which provide additional protection against the original coronavirus and Omicron’s BA.4 and BA.5 variants, were recently approved by the CDC after receiving emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. .

The new Pfizer vaccine is available for people 12 and older, while the new Moderna booster vaccine is available for people 18 and older. People must have already received their primary vaccination series – two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson – to be eligible for the new, updated booster.

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): 10,032 confirmed [+23]1,379 likely [+2]

16823 (Bellefonte and Pleasant Gap): 7,209 confirmed [+30]639 likely [-2]

16803 (State College): 4,234 confirmed [+8]843 probable [+1]

16866 (Philipsburg): 2,468 confirmed [+5]330 probable

16802 (university park): 2,064 confirmed [+1]313 likely

16870 (Port Matilda): 1,591 confirmed [+5]208 likely [-1]

16841 (Howard): 1,259 confirmed [+10]111 likely [-2]

16827 (Boalsbourg): 966 confirmed [+6]124 likely

16828 (Center Hall): 957 confirmed [+3]97 likely [+2]

16875 (Spring Mills): 760 confirmed [+3]82 likely

16844 (Julian): 619 confirmed [+2]57 likely

16845 (Karthaus): 546 confirmed, 32 probable

16853 (Milesburg): 337 confirmed, 20 probable

16877 (Warrior’s Mark): 332 confirmed [+1]32 likely [+1]

16874 (Snow Shoe): 316 confirmed, 41 probable

16826 (Blanchard): 285 confirmed [+2].17 likely

16865 (Pennsylvania Furnace): 271 confirmed [+1]29 likely

16820 (Aaronsburg): 212 confirmed [+2]29 likely

16854 (Millheim): 206 confirmed [+2]18 likely

16829 (Clarence): 205 confirmed, 25 probable

16851 (Lemont): 203 confirmed, 30 probable

16872 (Rebersburg): 190 confirmed, 17 probable

16868 (Pine Grove Mills): 125 confirmed, 13 probable

16859 (Moshannon): 113 confirmed, 6 probable

16677 (Sandy Ridge): 107 confirmed, 6 probable

16832 (Coburn): 101 confirmed [+1]10 likely

16835 (Fleming): 69 confirmed, 8 probable

16856 (Mingoville): 56 confirmed, 12 probable

16852 (Madisonburg): 56 confirmed, 5 probable

16882 (Woodward): 49 confirmed, 5 confirmed

16804 (State College): 22 confirmed [+1]1-4 confirmed

16863 (Orviston): 22 confirmed

16805 (State College): 1-4 confirmed

Cases among counties bordering Center County

Blair: 33,249 [+82] Low community level

Open field: 22,415 [+101] Low community level

Mifflin: 14,044 [+107] High community level

Union: 12,851 [+56] Average community level

Huntingdon: 13,016 [+47] Average community level

Clinton: 10,396 [+38] Low community level

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