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COVID-19 Update: Virus Still Spreading; Boosters Available

September 20th, 2022 Comments off

Local medical facilities and pharmacies now have available the most recent booster shots for COVID-19 coronavirus protection. Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy in Coudersport announced the vaccine’s availability with this street sign. COVID cases continue to be diagnosed in Potter County, but getting true numbers on the extent of the spread is virtually impossible. Official records from the Pa. Dept. of Health show that another 57 people tested positive over the past two weeks. However, DOH points out that the numbers only reflect those who have been tested at medical facilities or pharmacies. Results of at-home test kits, which are the preferred option for many, are not included.

Overall there have been 3,558 cases and 94 COVID-related deaths documented in Potter County as of Sept. 19. Testing is available at local pharmacies and at UPMC Cole. At-home test kits can be ordered online at covidtests.gov or by calling 1-800-232-0233.

While public health officials continually emphasize that vaccination is the most effective defense against COVID, Potter County’s vaccination rate for those age 6 and older still stands at 50 percent, with 1,211 people receiving only an initial dose and 6,294 receiving one of more booster shots. Just 21 more shots were administered over the past two weeks countywide. Pennsylvania’s statewide vaccination rate is 87.5 percent; just under 70 percent have been fully vaccinated. Nationally, the vaccination rate is 80 percent.

UPMC Cole offers the vaccine to eligible individuals at its outpatient offices. Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy in Coudersport administers the vaccine by appointment; call 814-274-8660. Rite Aid pharmacies continue to book appointments. To access the online reservation form, click here. A detailed summary on vaccines from the respected Johns Hopkins Medicine is available here.