I was thinking about writing about the Gabby Petito case but events here in Cambria County have trumped (no pun intended) that and put it on the back burner. COVID deaths have been rising again in the county. On Oct 23 the county reached 500 deaths. Eleven days later we have reached 521 for an average of 1.91 deaths per day.
The graph above shows the case mortality rates for Cambria County, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. The case mortality rate is simply the number of deaths divided by the number of cases. The rates have remained fairly steady for all three entities as the rate of new cases have kept pace with the rate of new deaths.
The current rate of 2.63% for Cambria may not seem that much larger than the corresponding PA rate of 2.01% and the U.S. rate of 1.62%. It we take the reciprocal of these rates (cases divided by deaths) we see a different picture. The reciprocal of Cambria's rate shows that 1 out of every 38 individuals who have COVID has died. For PA it is 1 out of every 50 cases dying and for the U.S., it is one out of every 62 cases dying. This means that someone is 31% more likely to die in Cambria than in PA as a whole and 62% nore likely to die than in the U.S. as a whole.
In my last post I talked about how more people are getting the 3rd booster show than are getting the first two. To date only 48.06% of the county population has received the first two shots. This number should rise with the approval of the vaccine for children aged 5-11 years old. Let's hope the rate of vaccinations keeps pace with the rest of the U.S. The lagging vaccination rate here suggests that most of the recent deaths were preventable.