As COVID-19 cases soar Nationwide many people are concerned about possible infection.
Victoria Langowska spoke with the PA Department Of Health about the rising concerns Victoria?
Nicole, officials tell us that even though COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased here is no cause for major concern.
Cambria County has seen 9 COVID-19 hospital admissions this past week. Followed by 6 in Centre County, 9 in Somerset, 9 in Blair, and the highest 11 in Cameron County all of this according to CDC data.
While these numbers seem to be rising, the Pennsylvania department of health told us in a statement that
“While the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations have slightly increased over the past few weeks, overall the number of hospitalizations remain low and of a low level of concern.”
Despite the department stating these numbers are un-alarming, they still emphasize the need for up to date vaccinations, they told us that:
“Pennsylvanians should continue to stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations, because the best defense against COVID-19 remains getting vaccinated and continuing basic health and hygiene practices,
like handwashing, staying home when sick, and avoiding contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.”
They also told us that effective vaccinations and treatments as well as the evolution of the virus have an impact on the severity of the symptoms.
“COVID-19 has become a much less severe illness for most of the population and the number of hospitalizations and deaths have dropped dramatically since the height of the pandemic.”
For more information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 infection contact your local health clinic.