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Health Department reports 10th COVID case in county

Over the weekend, Warren County added to its total of COVID-19 cases.

On Sunday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported the 10th case in the county.

“The recent increase of COVID cases in Warren County does follow the trend of increased cases across the state,” Public Information Office Cecile Stelter said in a Monday release. “We are in the middle of summer which means vacations and family gatherings, so as more people are moving around Pennsylvania and in/out of higher COVID areas, including to/from other states, it is not unreasonable to expect a rise in cases.”

Fully half of the county’s cases are “probable” cases.

“The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently adjusted their reporting of cases to include ‘presumptive positives’ to be counted as ‘positives,'” Stelter said. “This could also be a contributing factor to the recent rise in case numbers.”

“Any questions regarding the change in reporting should be directed to the PA Department of Health,” she said.

The county’s 25.3 cases per 100,000 population is still easily the lowest in the state.

Regionally, Erie County has 263.9; Elk County has 99.4; Forest County has 96.2; Crawford County has 91.7; Venango County has 74.1; and McKean County has 48.8 cases per 100,000 population. Blair (85.7), Bradford (97), Cameron (89), Jefferson (89.4), and Tioga (71.1) are the only other counties with fewer than 100 cases per 100,000.

“Ten total cases in Warren County is still a very low number in comparison to other counties and half of those were associated with cases from early in the pandemic who have recovered,” Stelter said.

“COVID-19 is a serious virus especially to our older population and to those with pre-existing respiratory conditions or compromised immune systems,” she said. “People are reminded to maintain social distancing, wash their hands regularly, use hand sanitizer, wear masks when social distancing is not possible and use extra care around those who are most susceptible to the virus.”

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