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Thursday, November 25, 2021

THURSDAY Update: Post-Holiday Case Surge Forecasted


Potter County Today

November 25th, 2021

Thanksgiving Day dawned with more than 200 confirmed carriers of the COVID-19 coronavirus spread out around Potter County. They represent just a fraction of the actual number who are infected and highly contagious, according to the Pa. Dept. of Health (DOH). The department’s statistical summary includes only those victims who have tested positive. 

DOH reported that there were 26 more confirmed cases and another COVID-related death among Potter County residents between Monday and Wednesday. 

Since the pandemic began, there have been 2,220 known cases — more than one in seven county residents — and 54 lives lost. 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is forecasting a post-Thanksgiving surge in COVID hospitalizations and deaths across the nation, based on surveys showing that more than one-third of Americans will gather for Thanksgiving dinner today with individuals who have not been vaccinated against the virus. CDC noted that the U.S. death count will soon pass the 800,000 milestone.

Also on Wednesday, UPMC Cole reported that it is treating a record 17 COVID patients. Four of them are occupying beds in the hospital’s six-patient Intensive Care Unit and one is being sustained by a respirator.

Similar scenarios are playing out across the region. 

Four more Tioga County residents died from COVID between Monday and Wednesday and 68 more tested positive. Tioga has had 5,407 cases and 146 deaths since the pandemic was declared. 

Also between Monday and Wednesday, McKean County had 59 more cases and two more deaths; Clinton, 69 cases; Cameron, 13 cases; Allegany County, N.Y., 91 cases and one death; Elk, 51 cases; Lycoming, 262 cases and three deaths; and Cattaraugus County, N.Y., 190 cases and three deaths.

DOH reports a slow but steady increase in the number of Potter County residents being vaccinated against the coronavirus. An average of 20 people per day have been receiving an initial vaccine or a booster shot over the past week. 

Potter County’s vaccination rate — which remains barely half of the statewide figure — has passed the 40-percent milestone. Some 971 residents age five and over have received a single dose and 5,349 have now been administered one or more booster shots. 

National studies show that approximately 70 percent of new COVID victims were not vaccinated. In “breakthrough cases,” those who are protected are much less likely to die or be seriously ill. On a related note, CDC advises that the effectiveness of a single COVID shot diminishes over time. Those who have had booster shots are much more fully protected. 

All U.S. residents age 18 and older are now eligible to receive booster vaccines. UPMC Cole offers the vaccine to eligible patients at its outpatient offices. To schedule an appointment for an adult, call 814-274-5460; for pediatric patients, call 814-274-9198. 

Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy in Coudersport administers the vaccine by appointment; call 814-274-8660. 

Rite Aid pharmacies continue to book appointments. To access the online reservation form, click here

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW I did not realize there were 971 residents in Potter County under the age of 5!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

On the county website it says 971 residents age 5 and older, not under. They must have made a correction. Looks like somebody besides Jim here at Solomons' Words is working on Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

This post makes it sound like unvaccinated
People are the cause of this virus spreading and the reason the hospital is full. I personally know of numerous people who were fully vaccinated and died from Covid. Vaccines do not keep everyone from getting Covid and they do not keep everyone from dying. This virus is different for everyone and children are at a very low risk of complications. It is frustrating this article is implying the unvaccinated are the reason behind the rise in cases.

Anonymous said...

WAY more unvaccinated people died of covid than vaccinated. That`s a fact.

Anonymous said...

1:40 You are so right ❗️

Anonymous said...

My prayers for the families of the 5 people who died in Potter Co yesterday.

Anonymous said...

2:41 not quit true I have known quit a few that have been jabbed some not even underlying conditions got the jab and died from the jab or alot of other complications from the jab so it needs to up to the individual ok not our darn government or the thing in the White House

Anonymous said...

Yes 241, because vaccinated people have only been around for a short time compared to the total time the china-virus has been around. Give it time, we'll see

Anonymous said...

I know of 9 people from Potter and McKean Counties who have died from covid. None were vaccinated.

Anonymous said...

Very few people are wearing a mask So believe what you want this is going to get even more out of control than you can even imagine Really don’t know what it’s going to take to wake up people in potter county ❗️Cattaraugus or Allegany ❗️We are surrounded and drowning ❗️

Anonymous said...

What don't kill ya makes you stronger. happy Thanksgiving 😊😃.turkey makes me sleepy.

Anonymous said...

3:31:00 PM Is the reason this is going to be a long dark winter of death and heartbreak.

Anonymous said...

Here are some facts to ponder - jabs have been in our midst since january. Stats on only covid related deaths from January to August state that these deaths alone are 16% higher than TOTAL of all deaths in 2018.

Anonymous said...

5:01 You’re sick in the head if you think this is funny But I do feel sorry for you 😰

Anonymous said...

People are the cause of this virus spreading and the reason the hospital is full. I personally know of numerous people who were fully vaccinated and died from Covid. Vaccines do not keep everyone from getting Covid and they do not keep everyone from dying. This virus is different for everyone and children are at a very low risk of complications. It is frustrating this article is implying the unvaccinated are the reason behind the rise in cases.

Anonymous said...

Wait a second. I thought we were told if we got the shots we wouldn't have to wear a mask anymore. Now we have to still wear a mask? And still get more shots?

Anonymous said...

I have received 3 vaccinations, wear a mask and still social distance. Thinking of myself and others.

Anonymous said...

It would seem that a good many members of the human race have been devolving and it is very evident from reading some of the comments here. Watching Fox, OANN and Newsmax seem to make people much more likely to buy into the BS spread by the GQP/RW. Watching them will make you less informed. All three are fact free zones, very little truth can be found there. As for the GQP, lying has become SOP for them each and every day. Wear a mask and get the shot both will help save your life. If you want to help your kids and grandkids don't vote for the GQP as they are taking America down the path of fascism and that is a fact.

Anonymous said...

Good for you 3:31❗️Agree 100%❗️

Anonymous said...

@9:56 In all honesty its not just fox and oann there are very guilty of but also CNN msnbc even the associated press all major news networks have just become soapboxes for the party they support they don't report news they have become propaganda machines who exist to spin any story towards the narrative they support I feel like I am watching an episode from spin city, not the news

Anonymous said...

The small British territory Gibraltar, which boasts a 100% vaccination rate; and over 40% have the second jab; is now experiencing massive outbreaks. One would think an effective vaccine would cause less, not more, cases. Google it and see for yourself. Do a little investigation if you dare.

Anonymous said...

1:40: With all due respect, I submit you are SO WRONG.

Anonymous said...

5:15:00 As usual you left out physical numbers. You version of math sucks and you know it. You have been told repeatedly and you still go on with this Gibraltar nonsense. Lay out a better case so I may tear it apart for you.
BTW I could care less if you get vaccinated or not. Poor genes.

Anonymous said...

5:15:00 AM Since March 1st 6 people died in the heavily vaccinated British territory of Gibraltar even when the vaccine wasn`t fully rolled out. This proves the vaccine works. Investigate if you dare.

Anonymous said...

We are seeing many more complications with the boosters than we did with the original vaccine. Mostly joint aches and general weakness which are causing falls in the elderly.

Let ‘em Go…. said...

If you look up Darwin’s List, it definitely reflects current rural NY and PA residents thinking. The Darwin’s list contains a listing of stupid people who have been removed (aka died) from the human gene pool by being stupid. The 2021 Darwin list is growing longer by the day due to Covid. This is happening by removing the ignorant (unvaxxed) from the gene pool. Anyway, Why should society have to drag such ignorant people around anyway? Let ‘em go.
The rule of nature is Survival of the fittest in the wild. Survival of the smartest in humans.
Stay dumb…..die.
BTW. Praying won’t change things with Covid nor will it cure you, the graveyard is full of those folks too!
The medical schools should be overflowing with applicants from Potter and McKean Counties, those folks are obviously much smarter than the current healthcare professionals as the comments reflect. Hahaha

Anonymous said...

2:11 and all anti-vaxxers, just stop. I am elderly, have underlying health conditions, have had both shots plus booster, as have my entire circle of friends and we are all fine, no falling down, no side effects other than maybe a couple of hours of minor muscle aches for only 1 or 2. So get over yourself, I am calling BS.

I agree with 12:50, one can make percentages say anything you want. Please present your arguments in actual numbers.

Anonymous said...

My, My, such nasty, ignorant comments to one another❗️Look what China has done to America & the American people❗️Very sad adults❗️

Anonymous said...

8:35:00 PM You never wore a mask or got a shot. Quit being a dick.