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COVID Situation in PA Continues to Improve; Percent Positivity Down to 8%

By Sam Miller
Pennsylvania’s continuing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is still improving. Numbers continue to go down as vaccination rates are holding steady. Dr. Doug Mannion, infectious disease expert with the Milford COVID-19 Volunteer Task Force, says there is good news.

Dr. Mannion: "The numbers continue to get better. Community spread is down across the country, in the State of Pennsylvania, and in Pike and surrounding counties so that is what you want to see. In fact on a state level, Pennsylvania is doing better than New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut in terms of new cases. And Pike County is among the best in the Pocono Counties, but the rates are still very high. They are still up in the 350 per 100,000 population in the last 14 days. You want to get that number down to below 50."

PA’s percent positivity rate is down to 8% from a high of near 15% in December. Also, not every county is considered to have substantial community transmission, though Wayne and Pike are counted among that 51. More vaccine doses have also come to NEPA with several thousand being distributed last week.