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COVID cases fall in US; rise in Lyco

While COVID cases within the U.S. have decreased by 20% during the past two weeks, in that same span of time, the number of cases in both Pennsylvania and Lycoming County have risen by 9% and 21%. respectively.

Lycoming and surrounding counties also continue to be listed among the 89.47% of all U.S. counties experiencing the highest transmission of the virus.

Retired family medicine educator Barbra Hemmendinger stated in the update released Monday that these counties have yet to see their respective peaks of cases related to the delta variant.

“Hospitalizations for documented COVID-related conditions in Lycoming, Clinton, and Union Counties remain very high, as well, and the delta surge has yet to peak here,” she said.

The U.S. percentage of fully vaccinated citizens now stands at 56.4%, with 78.2% of the U.S. adult population having received at least one dose of a vaccine. Lycoming County now stands at more than half of the population (53.6%) having begun the vaccination process. Hemmendinger also points out that the vaccination rate of those below the age of 18 has increased significantly over the previous weeks.

Booster shots for those who have received both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are scheduled to be reviewed by the FDA advisory panel later this week. The same panel will also consider the effectiveness and safety of mixing different vaccine doses. If approved, the panel may recommend that the use of Johnson & Johnson and Moderna booster shots be authorized by the CDC in the very near future.

The FDA will review the data collected concerning Pfizer’s proposed pediatric vaccine for those between the ages of 5 and 11. Doses for those within this age group could be available for use as early as November of this year.

Hemmendinger continued to catution that all citizens remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19 and continue to take measures to not only protect themselves, but also stop the spread of the virus.

“It is important that everyone wear properly fitting masks in public indoor spaces, get vaccinated, observe social distancing, stay home when feeling ill and get tested when experiencing symptoms or when exposed to someone with COVID-19.”

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