Center County returns to low COVID-19 community levels

After a week at moderate level, Center County returned to low community level this week for COVID-19, according to Thursday night’s update from the Centers for Disease Control.

With a drop in new cases and hospitalizations linked to the virus, the county returned to low levels for the 17th time in the past 18 weeks.

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

Statewide, Center County is one of 36 low-level counties, up 12 from last week, when new cases and hospitalizations were recorded across Pennsylvania. Thirty is intermediate level [-12] and only one, Pike, is tall.

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

Center County had a case rate of 65.89 per 100,000 residents (up from 82.52 last week) and 7 new COVID admissions per 100,000 (up from 10.9), with 6.2% of inpatient beds being inpatients with COVID-19 were occupied (compared to 5.5%).

Mount Nittany Medical Center had 10 inpatients with COVID-19 at the time the hospital’s inpatient dashboard was updated Friday. None are in intensive care or on ventilators. The patients are between 52 and 96 years old. For the week of January 14-20, Mount Nittany had an average daily COVID inpatient count of 12.7, up from 10.1 the previous week.

The county added 107 reported new cases in the last week, down 27 from the previous seven days, according to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The seven-day moving average for new cases was 15.3 versus 19.1.

As of March 2020, a total of 43,307 COVID-19 cases (38,649 confirmed and 4,658 probable) have been reported among Center County residents.

NATIONWIDE

Pennsylvania registered 11,045 new positives reported last week, down 4,185 from the previous week’s new cases. The seven-day moving average of 1,578 new cases is down from 2,176 the previous week.

The total number of Commonwealth cases since the pandemic began is now 3,458,136.

1,347 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized nationwide as of Wednesday, up 220 from a week earlier, with 191 in intensive care, according to DOH data [-12] and 84 on ventilators [+7].

DEATHS
DOH recorded one new death attributed to the virus among Center County residents last week, bringing the total to 386.

With 134 new COVID-19 deaths identified by the Pennsylvania Death Registry in the last week, the statewide total is now 49,397.

Pennsylvania and Center County’s COVID-19 dashboard for January 18, 2023. Image via the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services.

POSITIVITY RATE
Center County’s PCR test positivity rate for the week of Jan. 11-17 was 12%, up from 11.2% for the previous seven days, according to the DOH Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard. The rate was the 35th lowest among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

The nationwide positivity rate was 12.8%, up from 14.4% the previous week.

VACCINATIONS
As of Wednesday morning, 102,474 people in Center County have completed their primary immunization series, up from 95 since Jan. 11, and 13,129 are partially covered [-10]. Bivalent booster doses were administered to 29,254 county residents [+454].

Of the entire county population, 75% have received at least one dose and 63.7% have completed the primary vaccination course, while 19.6% of eligible residents (ages 5 and older) have received the bivalent booster, according to the CDC. Among adult residents, 79.8% received at least one dose, 67.5% completed the primary series, and 20.8% received the bivalent booster.

Nationwide, 82.5% of adults and 73.2% of the general population have completed their primary series, while 20.5% of adults and 18.1% of all residents 5 years and older have received their bivalent booster.

Vaccination appointments can be made via the pharmacies and providers listed below vaccines.gov.

CENTER COUNTY’S FALLS BY ZIP
*Note: Changes are in parentheses. Specific numbers for zip codes with 1-4 cases will be redacted by the health department. Cases are not always assigned zip codes immediately.

16801 (State College): 10,410 confirmed [+27]1,413 likely [+4]

16823 (Bellefonte and Pleasant Gap): 7,615 confirmed [+20]657 probable [-1]

16803 (State College): 4,472 confirmed [+13]867 probable

16866 (Philipsburg): 2,768 confirmed [+12]355 probable [+7]

16802 (University Park): 2,091 confirmed [+2]314 likely

16870 (Port Matilda): 1,689 confirmed [+4]221 probably [+3]

16841 (Howard): 1,329 confirmed [+4]116 probably

16827 (Boalsburg): 1,026 confirmed [+5]129 likely

16828 (Central Hall): 1,011 confirmed [+5]101 likely

16875 (Spring Mills): 806 confirmed, 85 probable

16844 (Julian): 655 confirmed [+2]57 probably [-1]

16845 (Carthus): 566 confirmed [+1]32 probably

16853 (Milesburg): 358 confirmed [+2]20 probably

16874 (Snowshoe): 346 confirmed [+1]40 probably

16877 (Warrior’s Mark): 345 confirmed [+1]32 probably

16826 (Blanchard): 300 confirmed, 18 probable

16865 (Pennsylvania Furnace): 290 confirmed [+1]30 probably

16851 (Lemon): 225 confirmed [+2]34 probably

16820 (Aaronsburg): 223 confirmed, 28 probable

16829 (Clarence): 220 confirmed [+2]25 probably

16854 (Millheim): 208 confirmed, 18 probable

16872 (Rebersburg): 195 confirmed, 17 probable

16868 (Pine Grove Mills): 133 confirmed [+2]13 probably

16859 (Moshannon): 127 confirmed, 6 probable

16677 (Sandy Ridge): 112 confirmed, 6 probable

16832 (Coburn): 107 confirmed, 11 probable

16835 (Fleming): 73 confirmed, 7 probable

16852 (Madisonburg): 61 confirmed, 5 probable

16856 (Mingoville): 58 confirmed, 12 probable

16882 (Woodward): 49 confirmed, 5 confirmed

16804 (State College): 24 confirmed, 1-4 confirmed

16863 (Orviston): 23 confirmed

16805 (State College): 1-4 confirmed

CASES AMONG THE ADJACENT COUNTIES OF CENTER COUNTY

Blair: 34,633 [+90] Low community level

Free field: 23,894 [+81] Low community level

Mifflin: 14,886 [+50] Low community level

Huntington’s: 13,664 [+45] Low community level

Union: 13,384 [+19] Medium community level

Clinton: 10,977 [+31] Low community level

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