As the Delta variant continues to spread across the country, the number of coronavirus cases is continuing to rise in Chester County. The New York Times reports the rate of infection as “very high.”
Last week, the county reported an average of 105 new daily cases, a 34 percent increase compared with the two weeks prior. Since the start of the pandemic, COVID-19 infected at least one in 12 residents, totaling 44,720 reported cases.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 also increased in the past two weeks, by 37 percent. Deaths stayed at around the same level, with six new fatalities recorded over the same period.
Health officials now consider Chester County to be at very high risk for unvaccinated residents, with the Delta variant driving the numbers upward.
On a positive note, the number of fully vaccinated people in the county also continues to increase. It is now at 57 percent. This includes 67 percent of fully vaccinated residents ages 12 and up and 85 percent of fully vaccinated people of 65 and up.
Read more about the worsening COVID-19 situation in The New York Times.