Center County falls to low COVID-19 community level

COVID-19 community levels from the Centers for Disease Control in Pennsylvania as of September 23, 2022. Image via Centers for Disease Control.

Center County moved to the low community level for COVID-19 for the first time in three weeks as new cases of the virus continued to decline, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control Thursday night.

The county was at medium last week and high two weeks ago.

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, six of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties are at high levels, down eight from last week, including neighboring Huntingdon and Mifflin areas. 23 are at the low level [+3] and 38 are medium [+5].

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 139.79 per 100,000 residents versus 206.92 last week and 9.1 new COVID admissions per 100,000 versus 7, with 4.8% of inpatient beds occupied by inpatients with COVID-19, which corresponds to a slight increase compared to 4.7%.

Mount Nittany Medical Center as of Friday had 15 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, none of whom were in intensive care or on ventilators, according to its inpatient dashboard. The patients are between 31 and 89 years old. For the week of September 17-23, Mount Nittany had an average daily inpatient COVID count of 14.4, up from 10.1 the previous week.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s latest weekly update on Wednesday, 1,146 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized statewide, down 25 from a week ago, with 138 in intensive care units [+5] and 61 on ventilators [+5].

Center County added 227 reported new cases over the past week, down 33% from the previous seven days, according to DOH data.

The seven-day moving average for new cases is 32.4 versus 48.

The county has had a total of 41,085 COVID-19 cases (36,575 confirmed and 4,510 probable) as of March 2020.

Pennsylvania had 18,981 new positives reported over the past week, up 8% from a week ago. The seven-day moving average of 2,711 is up from 2,500 the previous week.

The nationwide case count since the pandemic began is now 3,239,298.

deaths

DOH recorded two new deaths attributed to the virus among Center County residents last week, bringing the total to 371.

With 128 new COVID-19 deaths identified by the Pennsylvania Death Registry in the last week, the statewide total is now 47,098.

Pennsylvania and Center County’s COVID-19 dashboard for September 21, 2022. Image via the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

positivity rate

Center County’s PCR test positivity rate for the week of Sept. 14-20 was 16.2%, up from 20.1% for the previous seven days, according to the DOH Early Warning Surveillance Dashboard. The rate was tied for the 35th lowest among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

The nationwide positivity rate was 14.3%, up from 15.6% the previous week.

vaccinations

As of Wednesday morning, 97,881 people in Center County are fully vaccinated, up from 94 since Sept. 14, and 15,253 are partially covered [-13]. Initial booster doses were given to 54,365 county residents [+43] and 13,021 received a second booster dose [+20].

According to the CDC, 72.8% of the county’s total population has received at least one dose, 61.5% are fully vaccinated, and 54.4% are fully vaccinated with a booster shot. Of the adult residents, 77.6% have received at least one dose, 65.5% are fully vaccinated, and 56.3% have received a booster dose.

Nationwide, 80.1% of adults and 70.8% of the general population are fully vaccinated, while 47.1% of adults and 44.6% of the general population have received at least one booster shot.

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

Vaccine providers have started administering updated COVID-19 booster vaccines. The vaccines, which provide additional protection against the original coronavirus and Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5, were recently approved by the CDC after receiving an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.

The new Pfizer vaccine is available for people aged 12 and over, while the new Moderna booster vaccine is available for people aged 18 and over. Individuals must have already received their primary series – two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson – to be eligible for the new booster update.

Center County cases by zip code:

*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): 9,973 confirmed [+50]1,373 probable

16823 (Bellefonte and Pleasant Gap): 7,152 confirmed [+35]632 likely [+5]

16803 (State College): 4,210 confirmed [+37]839 likely [+3]

16866 (Philipsburg): 2,453 confirmed [+19]329 likely [+8]

16802 (University Park): 2,060 confirmed [+13]313 probable

16870 (Port Matilda): 1,571 confirmed [+7]206 likely [-1]

16841 (Howard): 1,245 confirmed [+7]111 likely

16827 (Boalsburg): 954 confirmed [+7]123 probably [+1]

16828 (Central Hall): 953 confirmed [+4]93 probably

16875 (Spring Mills): 754 confirmed [+7]82 probably

16844 (Julian): 613 confirmed [+11]57 probably [-2]

16845 (Carthus): 541 confirmed [+5]32 probably [-1]

16853 (Milesburg): 336 confirmed [+7]20 probably [-1]

16877 (Warrior’s Mark): 330 confirmed [+2]31 probably

16874 (Snowshoe): 313 confirmed, 41 probable

16826 (Blanchard): 282 confirmed [+3].16 probably

16865 (Pennsylvania Furnace): 270 confirmed [+4]29 probably

16820 (Aaronsburg): 209 confirmed [+2]29 probably

16851 (Lemon): 203 confirmed [+4]30 probably

16829 (Clarence): 203 confirmed, 25 probable

16854 (Millheim): 202 confirmed [+1]18 probably

16872 (Rebersburg): 190 confirmed, 17 probable

16868 (Pine Grove Mills): 125 confirmed [+1]13 probably

16859 (Moshannon): 112 confirmed, 6 probable

16677 (Sandy Ridge): 107 confirmed [+3]6 probably

16832 (Coburn): 99 confirmed, 10 probable

16835 (Fleming): 69 confirmed, 8 probable

16856 (Mingoville): 56 confirmed [+1]12 probably

16852 (Madisonburg): 56 confirmed, 5 probable

16882 (Woodward): 49 confirmed [+3]5 confirmed

16863 (Orviston): 22 confirmed

16804 (State College): 21 confirmed, 1-4 confirmed

16805 (State College): 1-4 confirmed

Cases in the contiguous counties of Center County

Blair: 33,018 [+144] Low community level

Free field: 22,167 [+173] Medium community level

Mifflin: 13,836 [+104] High community level

Union: 12,771 [+31] Medium community level

Huntington’s: 12,893 [+106] High community level

Clinton: 10,307 [+63] Medium community level

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