All of the covid-19 measurements in Allegheny County are right now “heading in a favorable direction” as the average daily number of cases, test positivity rates and hospitalizations are ticking down after a particularly deadly January, said the county’s health director Dr. Debra Bogen on Wednesday.
“When we get out of the omicron climb,” she said, “the speeds continue to slow down.”
The average daily number of causes has dropped to around 350 from a high of more than 3,000 in early January.
The positivity rate of about 15% is less than half of what it was at the top. Hospital admissions are also declining, Bogen said.
The book said the hope is that deaths will follow the same downward trend. The death toll for January has reached 284 as delayed reports roll in to the state Department of Health.
It was the third deadliest month of the pandemic and the deadliest since vaccines became widely available.
The book said there will be changes in the way the health department reports information, as home tests mean that positivity rates and number of cases are largely unreliable measurements. She said dashboards that reflect hospitalizations, sewage surveys and more are on the horizon.
The State Department of Health released new post-vaccination data looking at cases, hospitalizations, and deaths among the vaccinated versus the unvaccinated.
From January 1 to February 11, about 29% of the more than 2 million cases across the state involved people who were fully vaccinated. Overall, since vaccines became widely available early last year, less than 30% of cases have been in vaccinated Pennsylvanians.
In terms of admissions, from early January to 11 February, one-third of those admitted to covid-19 were vaccinated. In December, the most recent time frame for which statistics are available, about 24% of the state’s covid deaths were among people who were fully vaccinated.
Since January 1, 2021, 80% of deaths in the state involved unvaccinated people.