The number of Pennsylvania residents dying from COVID-19 is now approximately equivalent to the numbers dying from pneumonia and influenza combined, according to data compiled by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More people died from pneumonia and flu during the week ending May 22 than from COVID, 164 compared with 160. That hasn’t happened since mid-October.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 297 additional coronavirus cases Monday on top of 402 Sunday. The seven-day moving average of newly reported cases was 544, down 32% from 802 a week ago, and down 79% over the last 30 days, a rate not seen since the last week in June.
According to data posted Sunday by the CDC, Pennsylvania now ranks 20th among the 50 states for population-adjusted case rates over seven days, adding 30.6 cases per week for each 100,000 residents. That is less than half the rates of Wyoming and Colorado, with rates of 74.3 and 71, respectively. But it is also more than three times higher than Vermont’s, which is the lowest in the country at 8.3 cases per week per 100,000 people.
To date, there have been 1.21 million infections statewide since the start of the pandemic.
The CDC also reports that 5.75 million Pennsylvania residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, accounting for 51.9% of the state’s 12-and-older population. About 1.85 million people are waiting for their follow-up shot, totaling more than 7.6 million residents — 68.6% of the eligible population — who have gotten at least one shot.
Vermont, with the lowest rates of new infections, also has the highest portion of its population fully inoculated, at 66.2%. Massachusetts follows, having 64% of its adolescents and adults fully vaccinated. Mississippi has the worst rate, with 32.5% of its eligible population fully vaccinated. Alabama and Arkansas follow, at 34.4% and 35.9%.
There are more than 310,000 Lehigh Valley residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID, accounting for 53.3% of the local eligible population. The CDC tracks vaccinations by residency, even if the person got their shot out of state.
Overall: Six Monday and five Sunday. The seven-day moving average of deaths per day is 21, compared with 24 a week ago, and less than one-tenth of the pandemic-high 223 deaths-per-day record Jan. 14 and 15.
Senior Care: Four deaths reported Monday, bringing the total to 13,313, accounting for 48.7% of the state’s 27,360 deaths.
There were 754 people hospitalized as of midday Monday, compared with 767 Sunday. Of those, 173 were in intensive care, and 104 were on ventilators.
Hospitals in the Lehigh Valley reported 49 COVID-19 patients Monday compared with 48 Sunday, including 13 in intensive care and 10 on ventilators. The number of COVID patients in local hospitals has decreased by 57% over the last month.
There were 4,579 test results reported Monday, with 5.4% of them positive, compared with 6.9% on Sunday.
The overall positive test rate is 17.9% since the state’s first cases were reported March 6 of last year.
Cases: 19 additional case reports, with 11 in Lehigh County and eight in Northampton County. That brings the total to 75,452.
Deaths: No new deaths reported Sunday or Monday. That leaves the total at 1,571 (858 in Lehigh, and 713 in Northampton).
Senior journalist Eugene Tauber can be reached at email@example.com.
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