An Amish Community in Pennyslvyia may become the first group in the US to achieve herd immunization. The administrator of a medical center in the heart of the Lancaster’s County Holland Borough estimates that as much as 90 percent of the religious families have had at least one family member infected with the virus.
So, you would think if COVID was as contagious as they say, it would go through like a tsunami; and it did,” said Allen Hoover, an administrator of the Parochial Medical Center. The medical center is one of the finest across the state for catering the religious communities. At the moment, it has almost 33,000 patients. Initially, like many others during the pandemic, the Amish and the Mennonite Communities complied with stay-at-home protocols.
They went early in relaxing the protocols against the coronavirus. The State woes worsened when the virus tore out throughout the religious enclave. Health officials claimed that the situation devastated during the spring as they were observing one case after another. In late April and early May, the county’s positive rate for Covid-19 tests exceeded 20 percent. The medical center saw an average of nearly a dozen infections every day.
New cases were ebbed during the summer before surging again during the fall. Some experts across the state believed that the massive outbreak has encountered widespread immunity in the community. “It would be the first general population in the United States that’s done it,” said Eric Lofgren, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Washington State University.
Debatable theories of various claim different perceptions. Where some of them do not have the clarity on the threshold of herd immunity. On the other hand, other significant experts say that for the Amish Community to achieve herd immunity, the vaccination rate needs to be above 90 percent in the state.