Johnstown Clinic plans vaccine incidents as COVID-19 cases increase | Coronavirus
Johnstown Clinic plans vaccine incidents as COVID-19 cases increase |  Coronavirus

Johnstown Clinic plans vaccine incidents as COVID-19 cases increase | Coronavirus

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Over the past 16 months, Highlands Health has administered more than 13,000 vaccinations in the fight against COVID-19, said CEO Rosalie Danchanko.

The nonprofit clinic hopes to add to the total number through a series of upcoming vaccination events for residents of the Johnstown area.

“Lives have been saved and hospitalizations avoided, but the variations of COVID lurk around every corner,” Danchanko said.

Over the past month, cases of the virus in and around Cambria County have been at or near their lowest point since last summer. But they are climbing again in most parts of Pennsylvania, including several nearby counties where an omicron subvariant has spread.

The state reported more than 1,600 new cases for the second day in a row on Friday. By comparison, the total nationwide average was about 500 cases two weeks earlier.

Philadelphia has already restored a mask mandate that takes effect Monday for indoor businesses.

“For those who have not been vaccinated, there is still the possibility of receiving it, and for those who are elderly and immunocompromised, it is now time to get a booster,” Danchanko said.

To receive the vaccine, Highlands Health will offer clinics at the following locations and times. Pre-registration is preferred by calling 814-534-6242.

• From kl. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday, vaccines are offered at Highlands Health’s front door, 315 Locust St., downtown Johnstown.

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 22 in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust St., downtown Johnstown.

• 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 3 at Cambria County Job Fair, 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 28 in Central Park in downtown Johnstown. This clinic is provided in collaboration with the Salvation Army.

Highlands Health is also available to travel to companies, organizations and events to provide the vaccine, Danchanko said, noting that interested parties can call Janay Castle at 814-691-9759 to arrange a date.

Cambria County added nine new COVID-19 cases Friday. Somerset County added a case. Bedford County and Indiana counties’ case counts remained unchanged. Blair County added five cases, while Center and Westmoreland counties added 17 and 19 cases, respectively.

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