The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 18,981 additional cases of the coronavirus this week. The seven-day moving average of new reported cases was 2,712 cases per day, up 8.4% from a week ago but down 11.7% over the past 30 days. This is the second week in a row that the number of cases has increased moderately.

To date, 3.24 million infections have been reported across the state.

Cases are declining nationally, in Pennsylvania and in the Lehigh Valley. But all three jurisdictions are still above what is considered a high rate of transmission — at least 100 new cases per week for every 100,000 residents.

Only two of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties — Philadelphia and Snyder — have lower population-adjusted transmission rates, 75.9 in Philadelphia and 66.9 in Snyder.

But the rate of transmission is only one of several metrics used to gauge the virus’s impact on society as the virus mutates and treatments evolve. Hospital admissions and positive test results are weighted in the same way as the overall transmission rate to assess the severity of a community-based pandemic.

Lehigh and Northampton counties are part of an 8-county cluster from Adams to Pike where the virus is still infecting people but not sick enough to require hospitalization in numbers high enough to cause concern.

This may be due to high levels of immunity – whether induced by vaccination or prior infection – or a robust healthcare infrastructure that can handle the current patient load.

People living in areas with low or moderate exposure to the coronavirus are not advised to take certain measures to reduce their exposure to the coronavirus, unless they or their family members are at increased risk of serious illness if infected. Only 305,000 Pennsylvanians in six counties live in hard-hit areas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated this week.

Flying results

In the past week, 54 additional deaths were reported, the same number as last week. The seven-day moving average is 7.7 deaths per day. Since March 2020, Pennsylvania has recorded 47,098 deaths.

Vaccinations

The latest CDC data shows:

In Pennsylvania, 9.06 million people are fully vaccinated, or 70.8% of the population. Another 2.18 million people need the next vaccination. A total of 24.60 million shots were received by 11.24 million people, or 87.8% of the state’s population.

These statewide numbers include 490,257 Lehigh Valley residents who are fully vaccinated, representing 72.7% of the local population. A total of 572,248 local residents received 1,275,512 arm injections, representing 84.8% of the valley’s population.

According to the CDC, Pennsylvania residents receive an average of 6,476 vaccinations each day. Of them, 2108 are the first doses. The total number of vaccinations per day in the last 30 days decreased by 28.9%. Over the past 30 days, the number of first doses per day has decreased by 12.7%.

Hospitalization

According to the latest report, 1,146 people were hospitalized, 138 in intensive care, 61 on ventilators. The number of hospitalizations statewide was unchanged over the past week and fell 7.4% over the past 30 days.

Hospitals in the Lehigh Valley have reported 43 patients with COVID-19, including three in intensive care and two on ventilators. Local hospitalizations increased by 21.7% in the last week and by 13.4% in the last 30 days.

Lehigh Valley

Affairs: 906 additional cases reported, with 462 in Lehigh County, 444 in Northampton County. This brings the total to 194,148.

Flying results: One new death in Northampton County. This brings the total to 2,457 (1,297 at Lehigh and 1,160 at Northampton).

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