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

Henrietta Brewer
January 14, 2021

Pennsylvania hospitals began receiving shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of December 14, and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine the week of December 21.

According to the CDC, 208,238 people in Washington (2.7% of the population) have been vaccinated with a first dose and 572,600 doses have been delivered to the state as of Wednesday.

Canada is getting 80 million doses of vaccine this year, enough to vaccinate everyone, but only six million doses are coming this winter, and another 20 million by the end of June.

"With our hospitals crowded and ICUs full, we need to focus on vaccinating Californians who are at highest risk of becoming hospitalized to alleviate stress on our health care facilities", said Dr. Tomás Aragón, Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Public Health Officer.

He admits there have been problems with the vaccine rollout in Washington state and across the country.

Until Dec. 2, there had only been one death in the county attributed to COVID-19.

According to the dashboard, most of the new cases reported Wednesday were in the Lower Mainland, with 235 confirmed in Fraser Health and 117 in Vancouver Coastal Health.

Circumstances at Warren General Hospital did not change from Tuesday's reporting to Wednesday's, with 30 COVID-positive patients hospitalized, none on ventilators, and none in intensive care.

Neither Pfizer nor Moderna endorse the idea of waiting for the second dose.

"This updated plan means vaccine doses will be available at a level that they haven't been so far", said Keith Reed, Oklahoma's deputy commissioner of health.

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced the federal government will begin releasing all available vaccines, instead of holding back doses for scheduled second shots. Healthcare providers and residents at elderly care homes have already been given priority.

"The studies weren't set up to do that", she said.

But that data is based only one or two weeks of monitoring before the second dose was given, and there is nearly no data to show whether that immunity began to wane at any point.

NACI's recommendations say if the second dose is delayed those patients must be followed so more evidence of the impact can be attained.

Another 51,893 people have recovered from the virus.

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