The rate of COVID-19 deaths in Lancaster County has dropped by about half so far this month, joining a decline that began in January for new cases and hospitalizations.
With 39 COVID-19 deaths reported since Feb. 1, Lancaster County is on track to record about half as many deaths this month as it did in January, according to county forensic data. January’s 160 deaths made it the pandemic’s third deadliest month.
In the week of Feb. 6-12, the county reported 18 COVID-19 deaths, the lowest weekly total since mid-November, according to the forensic pathologist.
Meanwhile, hospitalizations and new cases of COVID-19 have continued the declines they began recording last month.
The number of COVID-19 patients admitted to Lancaster County dropped to 72 on Tuesday, down from 104 a week earlier, and continued a more than month-long drop after peaking at 233 in mid-January, according to data from the state Department of Health.
People who are not fully vaccinated accounted for about 81% of all 42 COVID-19 patients at Lancaster General, the county’s largest hospital, and all eight of the hospital’s COVID-19 patients in respirators, according to hospital data.
New COVID-19 infections hit their lowest weekly totals since mid-August, with 1,023 cases reported from February 6 to 12, according to state data. The seven-day average of cases fell to 132 on Monday, down from 219 the week before.
The pace of new vaccinations continued to decline last week, with the weekly number of new partial vaccinations declining by around 26%; new full vaccinations by about 7%; and new booster vaccinations by about 29%.
Just under six out of 10 eligible county residents were fully vaccinated per. February 11, and about 47% of the fully vaccinated have received their boosters, according to state data.