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Delta Variant Hits PA

The highly contagious delta variant is spreading throughout pa A month ago, if you would have told me that there was going to be another Covid surge here in Pennsylvania, I would have politely smiled and agreed that there was always a slim possibility.   Major emphasis on slim.   Vaccination numbers were going up, new cases were …

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PA Update 11.18.20: Concerning Trends and School Closures

Concerning Trends and School Closures

Pa Update 11.18.20: Concerning Trends and School Closures Sigh. My kids’ school district just announced they plan to return to virtual this coming Monday, after several weeks of hybrid instruction.  As disappointed as I am to hear that news, I get it.  Based on the numbers in my area, it really is a smart decision.  …

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PA COVID-19 Update 11.11.20

PA COVID-19 Update 11.11.20

PA COVID-19 Update – 11.11.20 Another record-breaking day in PA. According to data released by the PA Department of Health, there were 4,357 new infections reported yesterday – the highest one day total since the beginning of the pandemic. The data suggests that these are not all just mild infections. Hospitalizations continue to rise.  The number of …


Boo! Let’s have some Halloween Fun

Boo! Let's have some Halloween Fun!

Our Halloween plans may be somewhat different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun! In fact, one of my favorite Halloween traditions inherently combines no-contact, social distancing, and sometimes even masks: BOO-ing your neighbors and friends!!
The premise is simple: Deliver some Halloween treats to two friends by sneaking to their porch, ringing their doorbell, and running away!

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Data Update: Pennsylvania COVID-19 Data Access


Data Update: Pennsylvania COVID-19 Data Access Over the last several months, I’ve provided you with pertinent COVID-19 data broken down by zip code and county, so you can keep a close eye on the transmission levels in your local areas.  Many of you monitor this information daily, particularly as our children return to in-person learning. As …


The Likelihood of Dying from COVID-19

COVID-19 Infection Fatality Risk

There is a lot of conflicting info out there…  How deadly is COVID-19, really?  

The most recent and best estimate of the infection-fatality risk (IFR) of COVID-19 is 1.45%.  In other words, 1.45% (or 1 in 69) of all those infected with the disease (not just those with symptoms or those that have received positive test results) do not survive.  As expected, risk significantly increases with age.  

The following infographic shows the estimated IFR as calculated by epidemiologists at Columbia University. 

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Reopening PA: Data-Based Heatmap and Graphs June 3, 2020


Please note, this is not PA’s official reopening map.

Some observations:

There has been a sharp decline of newly reported cases in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.

Bucks County now has the fewest reported new cases in the last 14 days per 100k residents in the Philly Metro Area;

The number of reported positive cases in Chester County has remained relatively flat. 

Dauphin County, home to the PA Capital of Harrisburg, now rivals Philadelphia with the second highest number of confirmed cases per capita.

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