COVID-19 hospitalizations hit 12-month high, cases jump after Thanksgiving | Health – Community News

COVID-19 hospitalizations hit 12-month high, cases jump after Thanksgiving | Health

Lancaster County’s COVID-19 indicators have risen sharply since Thanksgiving, with new cases from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, an increase of about 54% from the week before, hospitalizations peaking in 12 months, and weekly deaths rising. reached their highest level since January, according to state and county data.

According to the Ministry of Health, the province registered 2,401 new cases of COVID-19 last week, compared to 1,561 the week before. Hospital admissions reached 166 on Dec. 6, the highest level since Dec. 14, 2020, the department reported, and the county had 28 deaths last week, up from 21 the week before, according to the county coroner.

The bleak portrait of the pandemic comes before the ommicron strain of the coronavirus, whose transmissibility and severity remains unclear, has been officially detected in Lancaster County. The first case of ommicron in Pennsylvania was discovered in Philadelphia last week.

The unvaccinated comprise about 80% of the 108 COVID-19 patients hospitalized at Lancaster General, the county’s largest hospital, including all but a handful on ventilators and in the hospital’s ICU as of Dec. 7.

Between January 1 and November 2, 90% of reported COVID-19 hospitalizations and 89% of COVID-19 deaths in Pennsylvania were among unvaccinated or under-vaccinated people, according to the Department of Health.

The death, reported on Dec. 7, brought the total number of deaths in the province since the start of the pandemic to 1,297, or an average of just over two a day. With 24 reported deaths so far in the first seven days of December, the province is already on track to eclipse more than 100 deaths for the month if current trends continue. According to the coroner, there were 79 COVID-19 deaths here in October and 68 in November.

Just under 62% of the county’s eligible residents received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 3, with the county adding 3,098 partial vaccinations last week, up from 3,057 the week before, according to the report. Ministry of Health .

The pace of new full vaccinations grew last week to 2,651 from 1,357 the week before, in line with an increase in the number of partial vaccinations weeks earlier. As of Friday, 55.6% of eligible residents had been fully vaccinated.

About 8,800 county residents received COVID-19 boosters last week, up from about 6,900 the week before, bringing the total to about 72,850.