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Blair, Bedford Counties Mirror Statewide Trend of Increasing COVID Cases

Officials are warning the public not to become complacent


August 5, 2021

Chart and data courtesy Pa. Dept. of Health

This chart from the Pa. Dept. of Health on Monday, Aug. 2, shows the slight increase in statistics related to the COVID-19 virus activity in the state. The chart in red at the upper right of the graphic shows a small but concerning increase in new cases of COVID-19 per day in the state. The chart at right middle shows that the number of deaths related to COVID-19 has not yet started to increase. Health officials said that the number of deaths follows an increase in cases, so the number of deaths is likely to begin increasing soon. Statewide, new cases per day dipped to a low of 76 on July 5, 2021, but is now on the rise again with 801 cases reported on Aug. 1, 2021. This rate of cases per day is far lower than the height of 12,786 cases per day on Dec. 10, 2020, but the trend is now up instead of down. Cases per day started falling in April 2021 but in late July started rising again. Blair County is seeing the same trend as the state, with a peak in late 2020, a dip in March/April, a bottoming out in July but now on the rise. On Nov. 19, 2020, Blair County saw a peak of 237 cases reported in one day. There were zero cases reported in the last week of June 2021, then one case on July 1, but there is now an upward trend with nine cases reported on July 26. The situation is the same for Bedford County. On Dec. 7, 2020, a peak of 128 cases was reported for that day. In late June 2021, there were zero cases reported for a few days, then in July, case reports began to edge back up with nine cases reported on July 30. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 cases also showing an upward trend, according to state statistics.

Conemaugh Nason's infection control director said that the public should be concerned about rising numbers of COVID-19 cases across the nation and in Pennsylvania.

Julie Russell, director of quality and infection control at Conemaugh Nason, said to the Herald that while the hospital is seeing a "low level" of COVID-19 positive tests and patient admissions, it is important for people to be proactive in taking measures against the virus.

"This can pop up anywhere," she said. "There's no way to tell where this virus is going to go and who it will affect. The best way to be proactive is to b...

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