York County's COVID-19 case rate, vaccination rate continue to decline
York County's COVID-19 case rate and vaccination rate both continue to decline, meaning both good and bad news as new variants cause concern nationwide.
As of Thursday, the county had seen 25 cases per 100,000 people over the past 14-day period. That's a 32.4% decrease from the previous 14-day period, when the number was 37, according to state Health Department data.
However, the county's vaccination rate, or the rate of those receiving their first vaccine doses, also dropped by 30.7% since the previous 14-day period. The number decreased from 952 per 100,000 people to 660 per 100,000 over a 14-day period.
The county's dropping vaccination rate comes as nationwide concerns about the delta variant continue. The variant is believed to be the most contagious form of the virus.
However, those who are fully vaccinated have little to worry about, experts have said.
"The Department of Health is taking the threat of COVID-19 and the variants like delta very seriously," state Health Department spokesperson Maggi Barton said. "The best defense to contain the virus, prevent case surges and keep hospitalizations low is for all eligible Pennsylvanians to get fully vaccinated. "
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's most recent data shows that about 3.4% of test samples in Pennsylvania contain the delta variant. That's up from 0.9% the week before.
While the CDC doesn't track data at the local level, that's still significantly below the nationwide average of 30.4% samples containing the delta variant.
As of Thursday, York County had had 47,088 cases and 832 deaths linked to COVID-19 since the outbreak began, according to the state Health Department.
The county has 25,313 individuals who have been partially vaccinated and 192,600 individuals who have been fully vaccinated.
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