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Outbreak continues decline

The COVID-19 outbreak in the region continues to ease, as the two key indicators on the state’s early warning dashboard went down this week in all six local counties.

Still, both indicators are above the thresholds of concern.

The largest drop in the incidence rate — the number of new cases per 100,000 residents over the past week — was in Bedford County, whose number sunk 47 percent, to 135.

The largest drop for test positivity was in Huntingdon County, whose number fell 7.9 percentage points to 10.2 percent.

Blair County’s incidence rate declined 23 percent, to 237, while its positivity rate fell 2.3 percentage points, to 9.7 percent.

The thresholds of concern are 50 for the incidence rate and 5 percent for positivity.

Bedford County’s incidence rate is 237, down 23 percent.

Huntingdon County’s incidence rate is 232, down 23 percent.

Cambria County’s incidence rate is 206, down 5 percent, while its positivity rate is 8.5 percent, down 0.4 percentage points.

Centre County’s incidence rate is 222, down 24 percent, while its positivity rate is 6.6 percent, down 2.5 percentage points.

Clearfield County’s incidence rate is 267, down 22 percent, while its incidence rate is 10.3 percent, down 3.3 percentage points.

The number of total cases for the past week, compared to the previous week, also fell for all six counties, with Centre County experiencing the largest drop, 123.

Likewise, the average daily number of COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped this week for each of the local counties, compared to last week. The biggest drop was in Blair, at 11.3 patients.

The outbreak also eased in the state as a whole, with the incidence rate declining 22 percent to 243 and the positivity rate declining 2.2 percentage points to 10.5 percent.

The total number of new cases in the stage declined by about 10,000, compared to the previous week.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.

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