Increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths among vaccinated

Recent months have seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths among the fully vaccinated part of the Pennsylvania population.

And, at best, the data is five weeks.

The latest sign of the trend is the latest update from Tower Health, which showed on Tuesday that eight of the 11 patients were considered fully vaccinated.

This criterion is the two-dose course of Pfizer or Modern vaccines or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson product. However, the fully vaccinated nickname remains regardless of how long it has been since the last vaccination, and vaccinations have slowed to a drip.

“The Department of Health recommends that all people who are eligible for vaccines be successful Updated (For most people over the age of 12, this means fully vaccinated and reinforced), with its vaccination regimen to protect against COVID-19 and its many variants, “said Mark O’Neill. , the agency’s press secretary in an emailed statement, adding bold. “While vaccine effectiveness may decline over time, booster injections have been and continue to be widely available to provide. additional protection for people across the state and nation. ”

The growing number of people vaccinated protection has declined in the midst of the second wave of omicron, generated by derivatives of the original omicron that ravaged the population in a matter of weeks in early 2022.

Derivatives have been shown to be less likely to cause hospitalization and death.

As general cases decreased until February and April, the percentage of cases among vaccinated began to increase. The baseline had been between 20% and 25%, but:

• 56% of cases during the 35 days ending April 11.

• 37% of hospitalizations in the same period.

• 47% of deaths in February.

It is unclear why the death toll is out of date.

In Berks County, nearly 2 in 3 residents are considered fully vaccinated, but vaccination statistics have been dominated over the past five weeks by the second booster and fourth dose category for immunocompromised people.

Earlier, back in October, reinforcements and third blows were given more. However, the height of the wave of omicrons saw a storm of first and second shots.

Many of these people would be candidates for reinforcement now.

“The reality is that there are a lot of people in the United States who are eligible for a booster shot, but they haven’t received any yet,” O’Neill said. “The department continues to urge anyone who meets the requirements for a booster vaccine to get one as soon as possible. As the department has repeatedly stated in recent months, the pandemic is not over and families should use all available resources to protect themselves, including keeping up to date with their vaccines. ”

In addition, people who die from any cause are not purged from the vaccination rolls. It is unclear what number has become 18 months of vaccinations.

Berks Weekly Update

The upward trend in COVID cases continued for the sixth week in Berks County and throughout Pennsylvania on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s most recent Early Warning Control Dashboard.

It was the largest weekly increase in omicrons in all of Pennsylvania to date, averaging about 3,000 cases a day in the state.

However, Berks remains well below the state average in key metrics, with state-boosted growth in some counties that had previously been relatively safe havens.

Berks saw a jump of almost 50% in the infection rate to 77.4 cases per 100,000 population and a positivity rate of 10.8%, more than 2 points in one week. The population is 429,000.

The general figures for the state are 128.9 cases per 100,000 and a positivity rate of 13.9%.

Adjacent counties that previously worked well during the pandemic but are warming up are:

• Chester: 143.6 cases per 100,000 and 15.4%.

• Montgomery: 175.2 per 100,000 and 17.4%.

Chester has about 100,000 more inhabitants than Berks and Montgomery almost twice the population. Both were like Berks for most of last year – below state averages.

Another county in the region that contributes to the state figures is Lucerne with 215.2 and 18.2%, respectively.

Some of the statistics of this second increase in omicrons have alarmed state health officials in phases of the pandemic period. The pandemic has not been officially declared over.

Pennsylvania left daily updates on May 4 and went to weekly updates to its main COVID board and monthly press releases on cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and vaccinations.

The most recent vaccination totals for Berks include:

• 246,490: Pfizer or Modern two-dose treatment completed.

• 113,855: Had at least one booster dose or additional injection for the immunocompromised.

• 11,650: Received a second boost or other additional dose for the immunocompromised.

The COVID death toll for Berks residents is 1,595, with 1,455 COVID deaths recorded in Berks.

Hundreds of Berks residents have died outside the county and fewer non-residents have died in Berks. Exact numbers are no longer tracked.

The national picture

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the third omicron derivative, known as BA.2.12.2, continued to gain ground. At least part of the slight increase in cases has been blamed.

At the national level it is 46.2%, but in the middle Atlantic at 48.1%.

The second derivative of omicron, BA.2, remains dominant with 56.4% nationally and 51.3% in the mid-Atlantic.

The original omicron and its first derivative have almost been erased from existence.

Nationwide, the seven-day average has more than tripled since it hit rock bottom after the initial micron blitz, according to the CDC.

The last seven-day average is 87,382 cases, according to the CDC. The lowest point in 2022 on the seven-day average was 24,843 on March 29th.

The current seven-day average is still below 11% of the same average at the peak of the omicron rise.

The unknown component remains the number of people taking tests at home who do not report results.

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