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COVID, particularly among the unvaccinated, spikes in Adams

Adams County is again experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, with the disease occurring primarily among the unvaccinated.

A reminder that COVID Testing is ongoing at the Adams County Department of Emergency Services (911 Center). Drive thru hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 8:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. Appointments are required but readily available. Go to mywellspan.org to schedule an on-line appointment or call 885-851-3641.

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There have been over 250 new COVID cases in Adams County over the past week, and Gettysburg Hospital is now caring for 23 patients with 4 of them on ventilators.

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As a comparison, the number of hospitalized patients over the summer months was generally less than five and at the height of the pandemic surge last fall the number of patients reached 40.

Wellspan Health said that among the patients across all of their care centers:

  • 88 percent are unvaccinated.
  • 92 percent in intensive care units are unvaccinated.
  • 93 percent requiring a ventilator to breathe are unvaccinated.

The upsurge in cases has led Wellspan to again begin redeploying resources and delaying non-emergency care across its care locations.

WellSpan said that this same time last year they saw the largest surge of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. This again appears to be a factor as people spend more time indoors and with those who may be unvaccinated. The rate of increase over the past month is as great as was last fall’s wave and shows no signs of peaking.

Wellspan urged community members to stay vigilant with safety measures like hand washing, masking, and social distancing and to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

WellSpan said it was also tracking the new and likely more contagious Omicron variant, saying the mutated virus is currently under study to assess transmissibility, severity of infection (including symptoms), evasion against vaccines and diagnostic tests, and effectiveness of treatments.

For more information please see the Wellspan data dashboard.

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Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection's Publisher and Editor in Chief.

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