The rate of new coronavirus infections in Pennsylvania continues to decline rapidly, as half of the state’s adult population is already fully vaccinated.
The daily number of new coronavirus cases has dropped 42% from two weeks ago and deaths have dropped 4%, a week before Memorial Day weekend. Gov. Tom Wolf plans to lift all of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 restrictions, except for his order of masks, beginning May 31.
The state has averaged 1,490 cases a day and 38 deaths daily in the past week, according to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Nationally, coronavirus cases are on a sharp decline, averaging 29,000 cases a day over the past week with 595 deaths. This represents a 36% drop in new infections and a 14% drop in deaths in the last 14 days. Cases across the country were so low in June. On April 1, the United States made an average of 65,455 cases a day, according to New York Times tracking.
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With more than 60% of American adults receiving at least one dose of vaccine, the pandemic may have reached the exponential decay phase set by Zoe McLaren in this New York Times trial. We experienced exponential growth in the early days of the pandemic and during floods when cases doubled in a few days. We are now seeing the opposite: case numbers can be halved in the same period.
All is good news after a year and a half of very bad news.
But to maintain it, the U.S. must continue its vaccination to prevent the presence of outbreaks in areas with much lower vaccine uptake, such as the southeast. The United States has been averaging 1.83 million doses a day over the past week, but it is uneven.
The Pennsylvania vaccination campaign has swept away heavily after a rocky start. The state now ranks fifth nationally for the total doses administered.
As of Friday morning, nearly 58 percent of the state’s nearly 13 million residents have received at least one shot. Nationwide Pennsylvania ranks ninth among the top 50 early doses administered as a percentage of the population, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Half of the adults and 39% of all Pennsylvania are completely vaccinated. About 68.5% of residents 18 years of age or older have at least one shot, while 55.7% of the total population does.
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Pennsylvania has an average of more than 66,400 people vaccinated a day, down from 84,500 last week. The state’s daily vaccination rate gained a temporary boost with the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech two-dose vaccine for anyone 12 years of age or older.
Currently, 58% of Northampton County residents have at least one shot and 39% are fully vaccinated. In Lehigh County, 57% of residents have at least one shot and 41% are fully vaccinated.
The state plans to completely lift its masking requirement when 70% of people 18 and older are fully vaccinated.
Last week, Pennsylvania changed its masking order to reflect the CDC’s announcement that fully vaccinated people can drop their masks. Still, it’s a much more complicated subject in practice without an easy way to know who has spent two weeks of their last shot and who hasn’t.
New Jersey has kept its mask mandate in place, even for fully vaccinated people, just like Philadelphia. The city lifted its outer mask mandate on Friday, but plans to keep the cover in place until at least June 11 due to the number of unvaccinated essential workers, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy will announce Monday that New Jersey will lift its inner mask mandate for fully vaccinated people and follow recent federal guidelines in time for Memorial Day weekend, as COVID- 19 continue to decline as vaccinations continue, NJ Advance Media reported. after.
The Phillies announced they no longer require fans to wear masks at Citizens Bank Park, but must be masked inside regardless of the state of the vaccine. The Phillies are encouraging unvaccinated fans to wear masks. Lehigh Valley IronPigs lifted the mask mandate if you’re completely vaccinated, but they still ask non-inoculated fans to wear a mask.
Last Friday, it marked the first time since late October that Pennsylvania’s daily case rate fell below 2,000 a day. At the peak of the winter rise, the seven-day rotating average reached a maximum of 10,579 new infections per day.
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On Friday, the seven-day average stood at 1,490 new cases a day with 38 deaths, higher than a week ago, but representing a slight drop of 14 days. Since the first case was detected in March 2020, Pennsylvania has recorded a total of 1,195,013 cases and 27,029 lives lost as of Saturday.
The statewide positive test percentage for the past week is 6% and up 5.3% from the previous week.
New Jersey coronavirus figures continue to decline steadily as vaccines are deployed. The state seven-day average for new confirmed positive tests for COVID-19 is now 597, 24% less than a week ago and 79% less than a month ago. This is the lowest seven-day average since Sept. 28.
There are currently 1,250 patients hospitalized in Pennsylvania with COVID-19. The 14-day moving average of hospitalized patients reached 2,661 this spring, slightly below where it was on May 3, 2020, the height of the first wave.
Lehigh Valley is approaching 75,000 cases of coronavirus and has reported a total of 1,559 deaths. The region reported 58 cases a day in Northampton County and 45 a day in the last week in Lehigh County for a total of 543 new infections as of Friday 14 May. There were nine dead.
There are 111 fewer cases overall in the last seven days, but the daily infection rate rose in Northampton and dropped in Lehigh.
The U.S. vaccination campaign continues to try to meet people where they are: at home, on public transportation, and at work. And states offer varied incentives to get more gunshots.
This week, New Jersey added a few more incentives for residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19: free partial season passes that typically cost $ 50 and free wine glasses at nine vineyards in the state. You also have the chance to win dinner with the governor and his wife. The state had already announced that anyone who gets vaccinated in May can get a free beer at 34 state-run breweries.
The state has set a goal to vaccinate 70% of New Jersey adults by the end of June. More than 55% of the state’s 6.9 million adults have been fully vaccinated so far.
On Friday, the White House announced that it is partnering with popular dating apps like Tinder, Bumble and OKCupid to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among young people. A list of dating apps is planned to offer a new feature to reach users, a set that can exceed 50 million people and promote the idea that getting vaccinated can help you get an appointment.
“We’ve finally found the one thing that makes us most attractive: vaccination,” said Andy Slavitt, a senior advisor to the White House COVID-19 response team.
People who show their vaccination status are 14% more likely to get a match, Slavitt said, citing OkCupid research
Many of the young people using these apps have just been eligible to receive shots last month and may not be fully vaccinated. Tinder even plans to launch a vaccine center to connect users with nearby vaccination sites. Many of the dating apps allow uses to share their vaccination status, and some are leveraging their accounts.
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