Sunday, May 2, 2021
COVID-19 Cases Have Risen in Cambria County but Deaths Have Not Due to Vaccinations (so far)
The second installment of We Are All In This Together: Pandemic-Johnstown 1918 has come out and can be seen above. Recently there has been a rise in cases as spring has sprung. Since the terrible months of December and January, the 7 day average for new cases fell from 214.29 on Dec 11 to 14.29 on March 20. Since then, the 7 day average has risen to a high of 58.43 on April 19 to 49.29 today as can be seen in the graph below. This rise has occurred after the vaccine rollout began on Jan 8.
Since the cases have risen, the deaths in the county have remained fairly stable as can be seen in the above graph. The 7 day average for deaths reached a high of 8.14 deaths per day on Dec 17 (6 days after the spike in cases). Since March 16, the average has not risen above 1 death per day.
The graph above shows the trend in the 7 day average for new cases (black line), testing (red dotted line) and full vaccinations (orange line). The lines for testing and vaccinations are on a logarithmic scale. The number of full vaccinations per day has fallen from a high of 855.4 on April 14 to 399.9 today. On April 13 all Pennsylvanian's over age 16 became eligible to receive the vaccine. To date 40,920 of 31.43% in Cambria County have been fully vaccinated.
This graph from the state department of health shows that the majority of cases are between the ages of 20 and 59 throughout the state. This information is not available at the county level.
This final graph shows that the vast majority of deaths in PA have been between ages 60 and 99. The early phases of the vaccine rollout have focused on groups most vulnerable such as the elderly. The vaccinations seem to be curtailing the number of deaths even though there has been a rise in cases. The younger age groups still need to be vaccinated to stop the spread of the virus.