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COVID-19 still spreading locally

134,000 fully vaccinated in 6-county region

Despite 134,000 people having been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the six area counties — with 56,000 others partially vaccinated — the region’s infection numbers have been increasing.

Cumulatively this week, there are 127 more new cases than there were last week, according to the state Department of Health’s early warning dashboard, with increases in Blair, Bedford, Cambria and Huntingdon counties more than offsetting decreases in Centre and Clearfield.

The biggest increase was in Cambria, with 67 more cases; and in Blair, with 51.

The numbers for two key dashboard statistics — test positivity and incidence rate — are above the thresholds of concern for all six local counties.

Positivity rates — the threshold of concern is 5% — are worst in Bedford County, at 12.9%; and Clearfield County, at 12.8%.

The rate in Blair is 9.6%.

The incidence rate — the threshold of concern is 50 — is worst in Centre County, at 233; and in Clearfield, at 228.

It’s 184 in Blair.

The biggest change for the worse in positivity, compared to five weeks ago is in Bedford, where there was a rise of 8 points.

The biggest change for the worse in the incidence rate, compared to five weeks ago, is in Blair, where there was an increase of 260%.

The numbers:

n Blair: Up 51 new cases from last week; 184 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past week (incidence rate); 9.6% test positivity.

n Bedford: Up 35 cases; 139 new cases per 100,000 residents; 12.9% positivity.

n Cambria: Up 67 cases; 167 new per 100,000; 9.1% positivity.

n Centre: Down 22 cases; 233 new per 100,000; 8.9% positivity.

n Clearfield: Down 10 cases; 228 new per 100,000; 12.8% positivity.

n Huntingdon: Up six cases; 132 new per 100,000; 6.1% positivity.

n Pennsylvania: Up 441 cases; 190 new per 100,000; 9.6% positivity.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 814-949-7038.

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