Centre County Moves to Medium COVID-19 Level for First Time in … – Statecollege.com

Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 community levels in Pennsylvania as of Jan. 13, 2023. Image via Centers for Disease Control.
Centre County is at the medium COVID-19 community level for the first time in 17 weeks as new cases and hospital admissions linked to the virus ticked up over the last seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s latest update on Thursday night.
The county had been at the low community level since Sept. 15.
At the medium level, the CDC recommends that individuals at high risk for severe illness consider wearing a mask indoors in public and taking additional precautions such as staying 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowded and poorly ventilated spaces. Anyone who has symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should also wear a mask, according to the CDC. Masks should be worn on public transportation, as well.
Statewide, new cases and hospitalizations declined. Centre County is one of 42 counties at the medium level, two fewer than last week. One county — Pike — is at the high level [-6], and 24 are at the low level [+8]
For a county that has fewer than 200 new cases per 100,000 people in a week, to be at the medium level requires between 10 and 19.9 COVID hospital admissions per 100,000 and/or a seven-day average of 10-14.9% of hospital beds occupied by COVID inpatients.
Centre County crossed the hospital admissions threshold for the medium level over the last week.
The county had a case rate of 82.52 per 100,000 people (up from 78.21 last week) and 10.9 new COVID admissions per 100,000 (up from 7.7), with 5.5% of inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 inpatients (down from 6.2%).
Mount Nittany Medical Center had 13 COVID-19 inpatients as of the hospital’s inpatient dashboard update on Thursday. One is in intensive care and none are on ventilators. The patients range in age from 61 to 87. For the week of Jan. 6-12, Mount Nittany had an average daily COVID inpatient census of 10.1, down from 13.3 last week.
The county added 134 reported new cases in the last week, seven more than the previous seven days, according to Pennsylvania Department of Health data. The seven-day rolling average for new cases was 19.1, up from 18.1.
A total of 43,200 COVID-19 cases (38,547 confirmed and 4,653 probable) have been reported among Centre County residents since March 2020.
Pennsylvania registered 15,230 reported new positives over the last week, 489 fewer than the previous week’s new cases. The rolling seven-day average of 2,176 new cases is down from 2,246 the prior week.
The commonwealth’s case total since the start of the pandemic is now 3,447,091.
According to the DOH data, 1,567 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized statewide as of Wednesday, 180 fewer than a week earlier, with 203 in intensive care [-2] and 77 on ventilators [-20].
DOH recorded no new deaths attributed to the virus among Centre County residents in the last week, keeping the total at 385.
With 229 new COVID-19 deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry in the last week, the statewide total is now 49,263.
Centre County’s PCR testing positivity rate for the week of Jan. 4-10 was 11.2%, down from 13.1% the previous seven days, according to the DOH early warning monitoring dashboard. The rate was 23rd lowest among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.
The statewide positivity rate was 14.4%, down from 15,5% the prior week.
As of Wednesday morning, 102,379 people in Centre County have completed the primary vaccination series, an increase of 127 since Jan. 4, and 13,139 are partially covered [-20]. Bivalent booster doses have been administered to 28,800 county residents [+575].
Among the county’s entire population, 75% have received at least one dose and 63.6% have completed the primary vaccine series, while 19.3% of eligible residents (age 5 and older) have received the bivalent booster, according to the CDC. Among adult residents, 79.8% have received at least one dose, 67.5% have completed the primary series and 20.5% have received the bivalent booster booster.
Statewide, 82.5% of adults and 73.1% of the total population have completed the primary series, while the bivalent booster has been administered to 20.1% of adults and 17.7% of all residents age 5 and older.
Vaccination appointments are available through pharmacies and providers listed at vaccines.gov.
*Note: Changes are in brackets. Specific numbers for zip codes with 1-4 cases are redacted by the health department. Cases are not always immediately assigned zip codes.
16801 (State College): 10,383 confirmed [+29], 1,409 probable [+1]
16823 (Bellefonte and Pleasant Gap): 7,595 confirmed [+27], 658 probable [+2]
16803 (State College): 4,459 confirmed [+14], 867 probable [-1]
16866 (Philipsburg): 2,756 confirmed [+30], 348 probable [+12]
16802 (University Park): 2,089 confirmed [+4], 314 probable
16870 (Port Matilda): 1,685 confirmed [+7], 218 probable [+1]
16841 (Howard): 1,325 confirmed [+8], 116 probable
16827 (Boalsburg): 1,021 confirmed [+2], 129 probable
16828 (Centre Hall): 1,006 confirmed [+1], 101 probable
16875 (Spring Mills): 806 confirmed [+2], 85 probable
16844 (Julian): 653 confirmed [+1], 58 probable
16845 (Karthaus): 565 confirmed, 32 probable
16853 (Milesburg): 356 confirmed [+2], 20 probable
16874 (Snow Shoe): 345 confirmed [+2], 40 probable
16877 (Warrior’s Mark): 344 confirmed, 32 probable
16826 (Blanchard): 300 confirmed [+4], 18 probable
16865 (Pennsylvania Furnace): 289 confirmed [+1], 30 probable
16820 (Aaronsburg): 223 confirmed, 28 probable
16851 (Lemont): 223 confirmed [+3], 34 probable
16829 (Clarence): 218 confirmed [+4], 25 probable
16854 (Millheim): 208 confirmed, 18 probable
16872 (Rebersburg): 195 confirmed, 17 probable
16868 (Pine Grove Mills): 131 confirmed [+1], 13 probable
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 [+1], 5 probable
16856 (Mingoville): 58 confirmed [+1], 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
Blair: 34,543 [+91] Low Community Level
Clearfield: 23,813 [+136] Medium Community Level
Mifflin: 14,836 [+51] Medium Community Level
Huntingdon: 13,619 [+50] Medium Community Level
Union: 13,365 [+28] Medium Community Level
Clinton: 10,946 [+38] Medium Community Level
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