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
Friday, January 22, 2021
In This Together: Cambria was organized as a response to the skyrocketing case and death rate in the county. They have partnered with The Tribune-Democrat, the 1889 Foundation, Conemaugh Health System, and others. They have held online events to inform the public on COVID-19 and vaccines and a spiritual prayer service for the holidays.
- February 9: Mental Health
- February 23: Specialists Forum
- March 9: Local Leaders
- March 23: Economic Impact
- April 6: Education
Testing Rates are Higher in Johnstown but There Are More Cases of COVID-19 in the Rest of Cambria County
Sunday, January 17, 2021
On Jan 6 I posted my reaction to the shocking events at the U.S. Capitol that day. I wondered what would happen to Trump's approval ratings as his other antics have had minimal effect on them throughout his presidency. Now it seems like I have an answer now that there are three days left for him in power.
Monday, January 11, 2021
A Look at Vaccinations in Pennsylvania: Montour County has a high Vaccination and Hospitalization Rate
With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout the state now provides data for full and partial vaccinations at the county level. I have looked at the rates of full vaccinations (the number of individuals who received both shots). After adjusting the numbers for population, Montour County had by far the highest rate of full vaccinations at 2,710 per 100,000 followed by Crawford County at 1,253/100,000 and Union County at 653/100,000. I looked at the correlations of the vaccination rates with the other rates in the statewide table that I put together for each of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania.
The highest correlation rate was between the vaccination rate and the hospitalization rate at 0.875 (correlations are on a scale of -1 to +1) so I will focus on this correlation in this post. The plot above shows the correlation with Montour County as an extreme outlier with a hospitalization rate of 1,020/100,000. Union County was third in hospitalizations at 100/100,000. Removing Montour County from the correlation analysis yields a coefficient of 0.263 which is still positive and statistically significant but considerably lower. The scatterplot below shows the values for the remaining 66 counties.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Friday, December 25, 2020
Dave Sutor of the Tribune Democrat has tweeted that Conemaugh Memorial hospital has rented refrigerator trailers to handle possible over crowding at the morgue.
Sunday, December 20, 2020
I have written extensively on this blog about the coronavirus epidemic in the area. The graphs below show how cases and deaths have risen exponentially in Cambria County. The county now ranks second in Pennsylvania in the number of cumulative cases per 100,000, seventh in deaths per 100,000, sixth in hospitalizations, and fourth in persons on a ventilator.