New York Times: Delco’s Looking at ‘Extremely High’ Cases of COVID-19

Graph indicating a surge in COVID-19 cases in Delaware County.
Image via The New York Times.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Delaware County has continued to increase rapidly and is now extremely high as of Jan. 13, according to The New York Times.

Past week, there was an average of 1,421 new daily cases reported in the county, which is a 145 percent increase compared to the two weeks prior. Since the start of the pandemic, at least 1 in 6 residents have been infected by COVID-19, totaling 94,598 reported cases.

This makes January the month with the highest average cases in Delaware County, putting unvaccinated people at extremely high risk.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has increased in the last two weeks by 125 percent. Deaths have also increased, with 45 new fatalities over the same period.

The test positivity rate in Delaware County is very high, suggesting that cases are being significantly undercounted.

Cases have also increased recently in Philadelphia, as well as Montgomery and Chester Counties.

Meanwhile, as of Jan. 11, the number of fully vaccinated people in the county is at 70 percent. This includes 79 percent of fully vaccinated residents aged 12 and up and 95 percent of fully vaccinated people aged 65 and up.

Read more about the COVID-19 situation at The New York Times.