Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer gave a hint why Yeadon get’s multiple COVID-19 community test events in their article ‘This small Delco borough has the Philly region’s highest rate of coronavirus cases.’
The Delaware County town of fewer than 12,000 people has seen the highest rate of coronavirus cases of any suburban municipality or Philadelphia zip code with at least 10,000 residents…It has held that unfortunate distinction since before June 15, when its case rate was 360 cases per 10,000 residents.
Before you get all excited, understand that ‘rate’ and ‘number’ of cases are two totally different things.
- Upper Darby has had the greatest number of Delco COVID-19 cases with 1297 but that’s only 1.56% of their population which is also considered their rate.
- Middletown Township has had 540 cases and a rate of 3.39% of their population.
- Chester City has had 505 cases and a rate of 1.49% of their population.
- Yeadon has had 451 which is 3.93% of their population.
The paper also says…
An outsized number of cases in one area frequently means that the community includes numerous nursing homes with many virus-vulnerable residents. High rates also are seen in areas that are mostly low income and minority, as the virus is striking hard at people who are more likely to have underlying health conditions, who can’t work at home, may live in closer quarters, and have less access to testing and health care.
Yeadon has both.
But Chester doesn’t have nursing homes and as you can see from the graph below, the rate of new cases continue to rise in Chester a tad steeper than Yeadon’s since Chester caught up to Yeadon on June 15.
Yet, Yeadon has had 6-test days this month to Chester’s zero and there’s no indication that’s going to change any time soon.