DoH, WellSpan: Covid cases increase in community

Covid cases are increasing in the community, mostly among the unvaccinated. That’s the word from WellSpan Health and the PA Department of Health.

As of today, WellSpan Health is treating over 200 patients for COVID-19 at it’s seven acute care hospitals.

The most discouraging part of this is that this latest surge was completely avoidable, WellSpan Dr. Anthony Aquilina said today. Aquilina is executive vice president and chief physician executive, WellSpan Health:

Right now, COVID-19 patients are younger, sicker, and 90% of them are unvaccinated. Currently, 100% of WellSpan’s COVID-19 patients needing critical care are unvaccinated.

“The numbers don’t lie,” Aquilina said. “They provide clear evidence of the vaccines’ safety and effectiveness.”


As of Friday, Sept. 17, 206 hospitalized patients have Covid-19 in WellSpan’s seven South Central Pennsylvania acute-care hospitals. Of those, 185 are unvaccinated, 38 are in intensive care and 30 are on ventilators.

All of those in intensive care or on ventilators are unvaccinated.

Those statistics alone reflect the importance of vaccinations, Aquilina said.

Moving averages increasing

The situation is critical across South Central Pennsylvania, according to both WellSpan and the state Department of Health. The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continues to increase, according to DoH statistics. The full 14-day moving average since the start of the pandemic can be found here.

Franklin County had 137 new positive cases Thursday. Chambersburg Hospital had 59 Covid-19 acute care patients, and Waynesboro Hospital had 12. Both hospitals are now restricting visitors in their emergency rooms.

Franklin County’s 7-day average for new confirmed and probable cases now sits at 102, compared to 56 in Adams County. Cases have increased 7.44% in Franklin County over the last 30 days, going 10.52% n in mid August to 17.96% today.

Check WellSpan’s Covid-19 website for daily statistics.

Aquilina stressed the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, advising the public to wear a mask, socially distance in public and get vaccinated.



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