COVID-19 Metrics In Chesco Continue Slow Climb

CHESTER COUNTY, PA — The growth of COVID-19 cases in Chester County has been slow but steady in the past three weeks, along with the County’s incidence rate and other metrics.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 138 cases in the seven days from July 22 to 29, an increase of 44 over the 94 positive COVID-19 cases reported in the previous seven days. There were 37 cases reported in the week before that.

Incidence rate in Chester County has shown a similar upward climb through July. On July 2, the County’s incidence rate was 5.3 per 100,000 residents for the prior seven-day period. By July 15, that number was 7.0 and on July 22 it rose to 17.3 per 100,000 residents. In the most recent DOH report for the week ended July 29, Chester County’s incidence rate was 26.3 per 100,000 residents.

The percent of COVID-19 tests coming back positive rose only slightly in the most recently reported seven-day period. The positivity rate in the week ended July 29 was 2.8 percent, up from 2.3 percent in the week ended July 22, according to the PA DOH. But in the week ended July 15, the positivity rate had been 1.1 percent for Chester County, and in the two weeks before that it dropped below 1 percent.

Only one person was reported on a ventilator, on average each day, in the week ended July 29 in Chester County. That number had been 0.0 for the week ended July 22, however. Hospitalizations were up from 4.1 the week of July 15 to 5.4 in the week ended July 22, and now to 9.9 on average each day in the week ended July 29, the DOH reported.

All metrics were up across Pennsylvania in the DOH July 29 report. COVID-19 cases increased across the state this week also, with 4.091 new cases reported in the week ended July 29 compared to 2,515 in the week ended July 22 — an increase of 1,576 new cases over a seven-day period, according to the PA Department of Health.

The state’s incidence rate also rose from 19.6 to 32.0 in the same week-over-week comparison. Pennsylvania’s percent positivity rate for COVID-19 tests given rose from 2.7 percent in the week ended July 22 to 3.9 percent in the week ended July 29, the DOH reported.

Hospitalizations statewide went up from 289.4 on average each day in the week ended July 22 to 418.9 in the week ended July 29, an increase of almost 130 patients hospitalized daily. More patients were on ventilators each day, on average, also across the state in the most recent week measured. For the week ended July 22, 31.4 were on ventilators in hospitals across the state, and in the week ended July 29, that number rose to 44.3.

The Chester County Health Department reminds residents to make sure they have had their second dose of the vaccine, and that it is not too late. Information on scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine in Chester County can be found here.

See how Chester County compares to other counties across Pennsylvania here.

Read a July 27 story on the COVID-19 delta variant in PA here.

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