Statewide hospitalization demand down, but still high

State, local virus statistics as of Jan. 3, 2021

The COVID-19 demand on hospitals and equipment is continuing to decline, but it still well above springtime peak levels, the state Department of Health reported this weekend.

On Sunday, the department reported 5,529 people were admitted to hospitals for treatment of COVID-19, with 1,149 in intensive care rooms and 674 on ventilators. All of those figures were lower than those from four days earlier.

Rolling 14-day averages for hospitalizations, intensive care bed occupancy and ventilator use are down from peaks set last week.

Over the past two weeks, hospitals in the state have had a daily average of 624.6 beds available, which means the state has had 86% intensive-care occupancy. However, the average availability was 571.1 — about 50 beds fewer per day — on Dec. 21.

The daily 14-day average has been 5,883.2 admitted COVID-19 patients and 717.1 on ventilators. Both of those figures are in decline. The single-day totals reported Saturday are less than those average, which indicates that the 14-day figures will continue to fall.

Pennsylvania Department of Health said the average number of daily COVID-19 admissions is more than 5,000 more than the figure at the end of December.

Hermitage nearing 1,000-case mark

With 933 cases, and a rate of 55 COVID-19 cases per every 1,000 residents, Hermitage has been hit harder by the pandemic than any other municipality in Mercer County.

The statistics are by postal Zip codes, which can include surrounding rural areas in addition to the municipality with the post office.

Farrell has the second-highest case rate, at 49.2 per 1,000 residents, or 243 cases. Greenville has the second-most cases, with 745 (41.1 rate).

Other municipalities with high case rates are: Grove City 694 (43 rate), Mercer 599 (46.3 rate), Sharon 540 (38.4 rate) and Sharpsville 300 (40.4).

Vaccines issued in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania residents have received 128,800 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, most of which have been given to frontline medical workers, and nursing and personal care home residents.

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