Lewis County is bucking its downward trend in COVID-19 infections, and its hospitalization rate now stands at more than three times the state average.
Local public health officials reported the second week of increased cases at 43. According to state data, the county’s case rate increased from 93.5 to 102.2 new cases per 100,000 this week. That’s compared to the state’s current average of 84.2 per 100,000.
Six new hospitalizations and four new deaths — with two more still being confirmed — were also reported by county officials, and a new congregate-care outbreak has cropped up. The county’s hospitalization rate now stands at 10 per 100,000, compared to the state’s rate of 3.
Currently, 39.5% of Lewis County residents have initiated vaccines, while 35.8% are fully vaccinated.