New COVID cases continue to be reported locally
New COVID-19 cases continue to be reported nearly every day — hundreds each month. The death toll continues to rise, as well.
Since cases were first reported, there have been 9,393 cases — 6,495 confirmed and 2,898 probables — in the county, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Those numbers reflect the number of reported cases — there could be many more that went unreported or unknown.
Per 100 county residents, there have been 24.4 cases of COVID.
There have been 233 COVID-related deaths in the county, with 53 of those occurring in 2022, and eight reported in the last two months of the year.
Over the course of 2022, there were about 3,600 new, local cases of COVID-19.
More than one-third of those new cases — almost 1,300 — were recorded in January.
Still, there were almost 400 cases from the beginning of November to the end of the year.
The recent high in terms of number of new cases was on Dec. 13, when there were 25, according to the department. There were 19 new cases on Dec. 21.
For the last week of the year, the county was listed as an area of low community transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Vaccinations rose slightly in 2022, from 17,168 full vaccinations a year ago to 18,948 as of Wednesday — adding about 4.5% of the county population to the ranks of the vaccinated. A total of 4,174 residents had received bivalent boosters since Sept. 2, according to the department. Over 9,500 had received boosters prior to the development of the bivalent booster.
The Department of Health provides data on the vaccination situations at nursing home facilities.
In Warren County, there are three facilities listed. The rate of full vaccination with booster among patients is 85.9% at both Kinzua Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center and Warren Manor and 90.3% at the Rouse Warren County Home.
Among staff, the full vaccination rates are 74.7% at the Rouse, 77.4% at Warren Manor, and 86.7% at Kinzua.