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COVID Cases Spiking in Allegany County

November 24th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

After reaching a peak of 81.56 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people (four times the state average) in mid-September 2021, the Allegany County case rate declined through the month of October. However, since early November, we are once again seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases. Currently, the case rate in Allegany County is nearly three times the state average. Between July 1 and November 17, 2021, there were a total of 3,192 new cases of COVID-19 in Allegany County. 65% of those cases were in individuals age 18-64. 22% of cases were youths under age 18, and 13% were individuals age 65 or older (Figure 1).

Of the total case count of 3,192, more than 80% — 2,572 people — were not fully vaccinated (Figure 2). Immunity through vaccination against COVID-19 wanes over time, and breakthrough cases are possible in fully-vaccinated individuals. Getting a booster vaccine is important to strengthen and extend immune response to COVID-19.