Since the start of 2022, Center County has reported three of the pandemic’s four highest one-day COVID-19 case totals.

With 319 more cases on January 1, the county set a record to start the new year.

On January 7, the county added 308 cases, the second-highest daily total. The previous daily high of 302, set in December 2020, fell to No.3.

The fourth highest total, 293, was reported on January 5. The county ended 2021 with the fifth-highest daily case total: 284 on December 31.

As of Jan. 7, Center County had reported a total of 27,748 cases – 25,129 confirmed and 2,619 probable – along with 86,291 negative tests.

The state health department recorded six deaths from COVID in Center County in 2022. One death was also reported on December 31; the county total stands at 295.

“The number of cases will remain high”

Mount Nittany Health officials said on January 7 that elective surgeries requiring an overnight stay would resume on a limited basis along with all endoscopy procedures from January 10. They had been postponed since mid-December due to the high number of COVID patients. Patients may still face longer waits than usual in the emergency room, the health care system said.

On January 7, Mount Nittany Medical Center was treating 45 COVID patients aged 29 to 88, according to the dashboard. Four patients were in intensive care and on a ventilator. Of the total, 33 patients were not vaccinated.

From January 3-7, patient totals on the dashboard ranged from 45 to 48, and ages ranged from 25 to 90.

In December, the hospital admitted an average of 57 COVID patients per day. There were 236 cases in total last month, the health system said.

Mount Nittany officials continue to urge community members to take precautions against the virus, such as wearing a mask, washing their hands and getting vaccinated.

“We are coming out of the holiday season and expect the number of cases to remain high in the coming weeks and potentially increase even more,” said Dr Upendra Thaker, chief medical officer of Mount Nittany Medical Center, in a statement. “Schools and universities are coming back from winter break, which will likely lead to continued community spread. “

Vaccine appointments can be made with Mount Nittany Health at mountnittany.org/coronavirus or Center for Volunteers in Medicine in cvim.net/covid-information. You can find other vaccine suppliers at vaccins.gov.

The Department of Health said on Jan.6 that children 12 and older are now eligible for a Pfizer booster five months after their first set of vaccines. Boosters are now recommended for anyone 12 years of age and older who has received two Pfizer vaccines after five months (the old six-month guideline has been updated).

“It’s great news to see recall eligibility expanded and we know vendors are prepared to offer more protection to Pennsylvanians,” GP Dr Denise Johnson said in a statement. “The Department of Health urges all eligible Pennsylvanians who have not yet been vaccinated to do so immediately and for those eligible to receive a booster to obtain this additional level of protection as soon as possible. ”

Central County Case Tracking

Between December 30 and January 7, there was one new case at Benner State Prison and four new cases at Rockview State Prison, according to the Department of Corrections dashboard.

The state nursing home dashboard shows there have been 13 cases of residents at Center Care in the past four weeks as well as at least one each at Juniper Village in Brookline and Windy Hill Village. Center Care reported 12 staff cases during that time, while Foxdale Village, Juniper Village, The Village at Penn State and Windy Hill Village each had at least one staff case.

Here’s a breakdown of the total number of confirmed cases in each zip code that is partially or fully in Center County, according to the state’s health department. The number of cases reported between December 30 and January 7 is in brackets.

  • 16801 (State College): 7,561 (406)
  • 16823 (Bellefonte / Agréable Gap): 4 834 (313)
  • 16803 (State College): 2,560 (334)
  • 16686 (Tyrone): 2,090 (92)
  • 16802 (University park): 1 694 (18)
  • 16866 (Philipsbourg): 1,547 (71)
  • 16870 (Port Mathilde): 976 (93)
  • 16841 (Howard): 847 (63)
  • 16828 (Hall du Center): 597 (36)
  • 16827 (Boalsbourg): 579 (72)
  • 16875 (Spring Mills): 545 (21)
  • 16844 (Julien): 452 (35)
  • 16666 (Osceola Mills): 437 (21)
  • 16822 (Ruisseau Beech): 413 (12)
  • 16845 (Karthaus): 412 (12)
  • 16853 (Milesbourg): 232 (14)
  • 16874 (Snowshoes): 225 (11)
  • 16877 (Mark of Warriors): 222 (12)
  • 16826 (Blanchard): 192 (12)
  • 16865 (Pennsylvania Oven): 167 (20)
  • 16854 (Millheim): 144 (6)
  • 16820 (Aaronsburg): 142 (9)
  • 16829 (Clarence): 138 (10)
  • 16872 (Rebersbourg): 124 (12)
  • 16851 (Lémont): 117 (12)
  • 16859 (Moshannon): 81 (8)
  • 16832 (Coburn): 68 (3)
  • 16868 (Pine Grove Mills): 61 (8)
  • 16677 (Sandy Ridge): 57 (2)
  • 16835 (Unionville): 51 (13)
  • 16860 (Munson): 51 (3)
  • 16856 (Mingoville): 43 (4)
  • 16852 (Madisonbourg): 36 (0)
  • 16882 (Woodward): 32 (3)
  • 16804 (State College): 17 (1)
  • 16864 (Orviston): 16 (1)
  • 16805 (State College): 1-4 (State does not provide specific numbers when there are fewer than five cases to protect patient privacy.)

PA responds to a growing number of patients

Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said on Jan. 7 that the state is working to increase the number of hospital beds and staff for hospitals and nursing homes amid a wave of COVID patients and d ‘a shortage of healthcare workers, the Associated Press reported.

The number of hospitalizations for COVID reached 6,680 on Jan. 7, the highest they were during the pandemic, the Pennsylvania Hospitals and Health Systems Association said.

“Hospital teams are working under extraordinary circumstances to provide high quality care; but they are tense. Hospitals are treating more people with COVID-19 than at any time during this pandemic and the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 has increased by 51% in the past two weeks alone, ”the president said and CEO Andy Carter in a statement. “This increase comes during the most serious health workforce shortage in recent memory.”

Cases are adding to Pennsylvania’s total at a record rate. The four highest daily case counts were recorded over a four-day period, January 4-7.

On January 7, the state reported an additional 32,053 cases, the largest single-day increase in the pandemic.

The other record totals in 2022 were:

  • Highest day 2: 28,018 cases on January 5
  • Highest day 3: 27,364 cases on January 6
  • Highest day 4: 24,850 cases on January 4

The fifth-highest case total wasn’t far either, with 22,368 cases as of December 31.

As of January 7, there had been a total of 2,206,899 cases as well as 6,042,011 negative tests.

Statewide, there have been 37,522 deaths, an increase of 883 since December 30.

Vaccine, update of the positivity rate

More than 98% of counties in the United States – including each east of the Mississippi River – are in the high level of community transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on January 7.

CDC figures show that in Center County:

  • 66.6% of the total population received a dose of vaccine, of which 57.3% were fully vaccinated
  • 41% of the fully vaccinated population received a booster

In Pennsylvania:

  • 64.3% of the total population is fully vaccinated. (The state with the highest percentage is Vermont, at 77.9%.)
  • About 8.2 million people are fully immunized. It is the fifth highest among the 50 states.

For the week 31 Dec-Jan On the 6th, Center County’s positivity rate jumped to 30.7 from 23.2% the week before. The count is still below Pennsylvania’s positivity rate of 34.1%, which marks an increase of nearly 10 points from the previous seven days.

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