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Lycoming County still experiencing high transmission

Lycoming County has retained its status among the 89.47% of all U.S. Counties currently experiencing high levels of COVID-19 community transmission.

This comes amid reports that cases in the U.S. related to this past summer’s surge from the delta variant are beginning to fall.

“For the first time in a month, the percentage of U.S. counties reporting high community transmission levels for COVID-19 has dropped below 90%,” Barbara Hemmendinger, a retired family medicine educator and member of the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition, stated in a written report.

Hemmendinger also stated that though the number of counties reporting high community transmission levels were beginning to fall, deaths from the disease were still occurring at a high rate.

“Deaths from that disease, however, still average more than 2,000 daily, and America earlier today reached the sad total of 700,000 COVID deaths.”

The vaccination rate in Lycoming County currently stands at 63.2% of residents over the age of 18 having received at least one dose of the vaccine, with over 50% (52.5% in total) of all county residents having begun the vaccination process. On a statewide level, the CDC now says that Pennsylvania ranks fifth among U.S. states in terms of doses administered and that 69.1% of all Pennsylvania residents above the ages 18 and older are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The statewide total of vaccinations administered stands at 12.8 million as of Oct. 4. Note that Philadelphia is not included in statewide totals.

Despite these totals, the most recent seven-day total infections per 100,000 population (399.83) and positivity rate (13.32%) in Lycoming County greatly exceeds the rates in both Pennsylvania and the U.S. Overall in Pennsylvania, there were a reported 2,776 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, with the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continuing to increase. There were a reported 672 patients reported to be in Intensive Care Units.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is also reporting that there were 94 new COVID-attributed deaths in the state between the first and third days of October, bringing the statewide COVID death toll to 29,531.

“Across the UPMC system in the U.S., we are treating 576 inpatients who are positive for COVID-19,” said Tyler Wagner, senior manager of UPMC public relations in the North Central Pa. region. “Fifty-six are here in north central Pennsylvania hospitals including UPMC Cole, UPMC Muncy, UPMC Lock Haven, UPMC Wellsboro and UPMC Williamsport. Because of our extensive planning and preparation, UPMC facilities are safe, and staff are well-equipped and know how to properly care for patients with COVID-19.”

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