Coronavirus

COVID-19 death numbers over the weekend continued a downward trend in the region.

Blair County added two deaths, while Cambria and Indiana added one each, the state Department of Health reported.

Bedford and Somerset counties’ totals remained the same, with Somerset’s deaths total holding steady at 187 for an entire week.

While Cambria County added just six deaths over the past week – its lowest weekly total since the early months of the onset of the pandemic – the county added 77 positive cases over the weekend.

Cambria has recorded 11,537 cases since March 2020 and 388 deaths – or 298 per 100,000 people.

Somerset County has had 6,617 cases and 187 deaths.

Indiana County climbed to 5,015 cases and 157 deaths – up four deaths from last week. It also added 11 positive cases over the weekend.

Bedford County added six cases over the weekend and now has 3,774 cases in total. Its death toll of 128 rose by just one over the past seven days.

Elsewhere, Clearfield County added 30 cases over the weekend and now has had 6,136 total cases. The county added two deaths this week and now has 113 since the onset of the pandemic.

Westmoreland County added four deaths over the weekend and 18 on the week. The county now has 26,325 cases and 664 deaths, state figures show.

Across the state, Pennsylvania added 4,724 cases including positives in all 67 counties. The state has recorded 913,497 positive cases since early last year.

Pennsylvania added 117 deaths over the weekend, including 27 on Sunday.

Vaccination updates

The number of Cambria County residents who received their second COVID-19 vaccine dose jumped by approximately 35% over the past week. But the total number of people receiving just one dose didn’t budge by much.

Cambria County now has 10,491 people who have received their first vaccine, which is approximately 8% of the county’s population – and up just 323 from a week earlier. But the total number of people with both doses is now 6,963 – up from 5,185 last Sunday.

In Somerset County, 5,024 people have received their first dose, nearly 7%, while 2,680 people have received both, according to the Department of Health.

9,292 people in Blair County have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while in Indiana County the number is now 5,265.

Bedford County’s total number of people to receive the first dose is now 2,268, up 119 from a week ago. The number of people with both vaccines there is now 1,346.

Cambria County had been averaging 2,000 new initial vaccines administered per week in recent weeks.

State Department of Health officials indicated that poor conditions due to extreme winter weather last week caused a delay in vaccine distribution, causing a high number of appointments to be rescheduled in recent days.

David Hurst is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5053. Follow him on Twitter @TDDavidHurst and Instagram @TDDavidHurst.

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