Last Tuesday I was a panelist on a webinar explaining the coronavirus numbers in Cambria County. Other panelists were Jill Henning, Biology Professor at Pitt-Johnstown and Tulsi Shrivastava, a local data scientist. You can view the slides for the presentation below. It lasts for 40 minutes. As of that panel, the county ranked 7th in the state in cases per 100,000, 8th in case mortality (# of deaths/# of deaths), 10th in testing rate, 15th in hospitalizations, 4th in deaths/100,000, 4th in patients on a ventilator/100,000, and 8th in full vaccinations/100,000.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Since then the numbers have changed. The county now ranks 8th in the state in cases/100,000 at 8,346. It still ranks 8th in the state in cases mortality at 3.37%. It now ranks 11th in the state in testing at 38.17%, 10th in the state in hospitalizations at 32.26/100,000, 5th in deaths at 281.12/100,000, 5th in patients on a ventilator at 5.38/100,000, and 11th in full vaccinations at 2,290/100,000. Recent numbers have been encouraging but we can't let our guard down.
On of the sponsors on the webinar was the Tribune Democrat. Chip Minemyer, their editor moderated the panel. The post of the Tribune-Democrat's article received 13 likes and 10 haha's. Here is a smattering of comments it received on Facebook.
"it all depends on how the numbers are collected. I have come to the conclusion that it's best not to believe stats." (liked by 3)
"More propaganda from this site. Terrible." Liked by 5, laughed at by 1, and wowed by 1.
"And if you want it changed to the actual cause do you have to go to court to get it changed?" liked by 1.
"I’ve not seen cycle threshold values reported anywhere. Are those available with local Covid tests?" Liked by none.
"Depends on who inputs the numbers." liked by 2.
"Lol the numbers are wrong, What makes them a expert at a new virus? These people are part of the problem! I know a few people who past with in the past few months and none of them had covid but they mark their death as covid..." Liked by 5, laughed at by 4, wowed by one.
"like you can trust the trib......lol......" Laughed at by one.
"Numbers do lie when a person with an agenda is on the other end.
Like the crooks in Tom Wolfs administration." Liked by 3, laughed at by one.
"Why does the The Tribune-Democrat print letters advocating the murder of 74 million people?"
"As a native of the area, I'm pleased that the Tribune Democrat is still a real newspaper. Bravo!" Liked by 6 laughed at by 3.
"Sounds great if the numbers were 100% accurate" liked by none
" Unless the the people responsible for entering data are compromised" Liked by 4.
Some people may think me sadistic for even looking at these comments but it does give clues to the thinking of those who In This Together Needs to reach. I'd love to know how many of them actually read the article.