Published: Thu, January 14, 2021
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115 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Tuesday

115 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Tuesday

There are now 5,045 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

"Model-based studies suggest population health benefits may be greater with a more balanced approach that does not withhold doses during early distribution in order to vaccinate more people as soon as possible, when early supplies of highly efficacious COVID-19 vaccines are constrained", the advice reads.

Until Dec. 2, there had only been one death in the county attributed to COVID-19. Ninety-six new cases were reported in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 67 in the Interior Health, 46 in Northern Health and 14 in the Island Health region. Newly reported cases over the last seven days in the nation's most populous state have far outpaced others, such as Texas and Florida - the second- and third-most populated USA states.

Warren County's COVID death toll went up dramatically on Wednesday, adding seven fatalities. "This next phase reflects the urgency of the situation we face", Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at a news conference. There have been 16,219 confirmed or suspected cases in Mahoning County; 11,921 in Trumbull County; and 6,780 in Columbiana County.

With the variant's ability to rapidly pass from person to person, Ferrer said people need to continue taking all necessary precautions, while not ruling out the need for stricter regulations to control the spread.

The county's record pandemic-related patient numbers were well above 8,000 last week.


Across B.C., 360 people remain hospitalized including 76 people in critical care.

"While the numbers have plateaued at this number just shy of 8000, they have leveled at a rate that is really not sustainable", said L.A.'s Ghaly. Of that number, 1,070 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

California reported another 589 deaths Wednesday, bringing the total to 31,102 and 33,751 new infections, some of which will inevitably lead to more hospitalizations and deaths.

"We wanted [vaccination sites] to be in communities", said DeWine. "Hospitals can not sustain the high level of beds that are occupied with COVID patients".

Vaccinations started in the USA last month. "Please do not let this current number of daily hospitalizations feel normal to you just because it's plateaued". "The work ahead requires us to take every action necessary to reduce transmission".

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