As of Wednesday morning, the CDC’s covid vaccine tracker shows 2,393,193 of the state’s population 65 and over have at least one dose. With the US Census Bureau’s estimate (using 2019 figures) that 18.7% of Pennsylvania’s 12.8 million people are 65 and older (2,393,600), the calculation means that 99.98% are partially vaccinated. The CDC tracking page rounds this number up to display it to 100%.
Only Vermont and Hawaii, with 99.9% and 99.2% respectively, have as many populations aged 65 and over with at least one injection. West Virginia, with 75.1%, is the state with the lowest percentage.
The state’s immunization scorecard differs from the CDC’s claim, showing only 2,093,722 people 65 and older having at least one dose, which is 87.5 percent. However, the state’s scorecard does not include numbers for Philadelphia, which tracks its own vaccination numbers.
The reasons for Pennsylvania’s nearly 100% rating among the CDC’s 65+ could be the result of using the 2019 numbers, which could underestimate the number of residents. Additionally, not everyone responds to the U.S. Census, which can then skew the percentages when real-time calculations are implemented.
Almost all of the elderly in Allegheny County are also at least partially immunized, including those in care facilities, according to care facility officials.
“These vaccines really work,” Allegheny County Health Director Dr Debra Bogen said on Tuesday. “They are what we really need to beat this virus. “
According to Dr. Donald Yealy, UPMC’s chief medical officer, the “vast majority” of people admitted to UPMC hospitals for covid-19 are either unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated.
There are cases of fully vaccinated people being hospitalized for the virus, but Yealy called these cases revolutionary. “We knew it would happen,” Yealy said. “That doesn’t mean it’s a failure of vaccines in general. This can happen for many different reasons. “
When it comes to people 18 and older receiving at least one dose, Pennsylvania ranks 8th among all US states with 73.7%. Vermont’s 83.8% is the highest and Mississippi’s 45.1% the lowest.
According to Wednesday’s covid report, the Pennsylvania Department of Health saw 2,513 new cases of covid-19 in the past seven days, on average 359 cases per day. The daily average is 53% lower than it was on June 1 (771), 80% lower than it was a month ago (1,797 on May 16) and 93% lower than it was two months ago (4,949 April 16).
Of the state’s new cases in the past week, 1,612 were confirmed by PCR testing and 901 were considered probable cases. Health officials define probable case as one in which a patient has a positive viral antigen test or symptoms of covid with ‘high risk exposure’ to someone who has been confirmed to have coronavirus .
In Allegheny County, there have been 154 new cases over the past week, with a daily average of 22. That’s a 56% drop since June 1 (50) from the daily average, a drop by 85% over the past month (149 on May 16) and a drop of 96% over the past two months (533 on April 16).
Of Allegheny’s most recent cases, 103 were confirmed in the past week, with 51 considered probable.
In Westmoreland County, 129 new cases have been added in the past seven days, with a daily average of 18. The daily average in Westmoreland has declined slightly since June 1 (20), 60% over the past month ( 45 on May 16) and 88% in the last two months (146 on April 16).
Here’s a look at the total number of covid cases for counties in western Pennsylvania, along with the increase over the past week:
- Armstrong 6 010 (+17)
- Castor 15 518 (+29)
- Butler 17 583 (+40)
- Fayette 13 372 (+78)
- Indiana 6 413 (+28)
- Somerset 8 052 (+32)
- Washington 17 888 (+62)
Over the past week, Philadelphia saw the largest increase in cases with 319, followed by York (184), Allegheny (154), Berks (136) and Westmoreland (129).
There are currently 465 covid patients in Pennsylvania hospitals – down from 185 people in the last week alone. Since June 1, when there were 989 people in facilities, hospitalizations for covid-19 have fallen by 53%.
Of the state’s covid patients, 114 are in intensive care units and 80 on ventilators.
In Allegheny County, there are 40 patients hospitalized for covid, down from 20 last week. Of these patients, 15 are in intensive care and nine are on ventilators.
In Westmoreland County, there are nine covid patients in facilities, down from seven from last week. Of these patients, four of them in an intensive care unit and three on a ventilator.
Over the past week, the Department of Health reported 136 covid-related deaths in Pennsylvania. The total number of covid deaths in the state is 27,531 since the start of the pandemic.
Allegheny County has reported 14 deaths in the past week, bringing its total to 1,972. While the state reported the same number of covid deaths in Allegheny County last week, the cumulative total county number is 2,004. The disparity has not been explained by either side.
Over the past week, the death dates ranged from January 28 to Tuesday. Of those who died, two were in the 25-49 age group, one in the 50-64 age group and 11 in the 65 and over age group.
Westmoreland County recorded two deaths in the past week, bringing its total to 771.
Over the past week, Philadelphia topped the state with 27 deaths, followed by Allegheny (14), Montgomery (8), Bucks (6) and Luzerne (5) counties. The covid-related death totals in other counties in western Pennsylvania are Beaver (3), Fayette (3), Somerset (3), Lawrence (2) and one for Armstrong, Butler, Indiana and Washington.
Over the past week, just over 150,000 additional Pennsylvanians aged 18 and over were fully immunized, bringing the total to 5,872,362 (57.8%). The state count of the portion of this group with at least one covid hit is 7,493,011 (73.7%).
In Allegheny County, 787,536 (64.38%) with at least one dose and 603,121 (49.30%) are fully vaccinated. Among those aged 18 and over, 60.5% are fully vaccinated and 79.1% have at least one dose.
In Westmoreland County, 147,224 residents (40.3%) are fully immunized, while 177,999 (48.7%) receive at least one dose. Among those aged 18 and over, 49.3% are fully vaccinated and 59.6% have at least one dose.
Pennsylvanians with questions about the immunization process can call the Department of Health hotline at 877-724-3258.
Chris Pastrick is a digital producer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Chris at 412-320-7898, [email protected] ou via Twitter .
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