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All local counties in high range

All six of the local counties are in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s high transmission category for COVID-19 as of Friday.

Blair, Cambria, Centre and Huntingdon counties moved up from the substantial range during the week, with Bedford and Clearfield in the high transmission category last week.

All the local counties are in the high transmission range because their incidence rates — the number of new cases in the past week per 100,000 residents — are over 99.

None of the local counties’ test positivity rates are in the high range.

The highest number of new cases this week among the local counties was Cambria, with 187.

The percentage of hospital beds used and ICU beds used for COVID-19 remains fairly low in all the local counties.

There are 53 COVID-19 patients at UPMC facilities in the region including Altoona, Bedford, Somerset and Western Maryland, according to UPMC spokesman Ed DeWitt.

≥ Blair County had 158 new cases in the past week, up 41 percent; incidence rate was 129; positivity fell to 5.25 percent (moderate range); new COVID-19 hospital admissions was 17, with COVID accounting for 6% of hospital and 6% ICU beds; 49 percent of eligible residents (12 and older) fully vaccinated.

≥ Bedford County recorded 65 new cases, up 8 percent; incidence rate was 135 with a positivity of

6.61 percent (moderate range); six new COVID-19 hospital admissions, 17% of hospital beds used for COVID-19; 35 percent of eligible residents fully vaccinated.

≥ Cambria County had 187 new cases in the past week, up 61 percent with an incidence rate of

143 with 4.35% positivity (low range), 11 new COVID-19 hospital admissions with COVID using 4% of hospital beds and 8% of ICU beds;

53 percent of eligible residents fully vaccinated.

≥ Centre County had

165 new cases, up 36 percent with an incidence rate of 101 and 7.0% positivity (moderate range); 22 new hospital admissions with COVID using 10% of hospital beds and 17 percent of ICU beds; 56 percent of eligible residents fully vaccinated.

≥ Clearfield County had 136 new cases, up 13 percent with an incidence rate of 171; positivity, 9.51% (substantial range); seven new hospital admissions with COVID using 8% of hospital beds and 22 percent of ICU beds; 48 percent of eligible residents fully vaccinated.

≥ Huntingdon County had 95 new cases with an incidence rate of 210; positivity rate was 7.63% (moderate range); four new COVID-19 hospital admissions with COVID using 3% of hospital beds and 8% of ICU beds; 39 percent of all residents fully vaccinated. There are 18 active cases at the State Correctional Institution at Smithfield, according to the Department of Corrections website.

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

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