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County reports 5th COVID-19 case; second in 2 days

The number of COVID-19 cases in Warren County grew for the second consecutive day Thursday.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Thursday that the county has had five positive cases.

So far, one of the five would meet the state’s requirement to be “recovered.”

“If a case has not been reported as a death, and it is more than 30 days past the date of their first positive test (or onset of symptoms) then an individual is considered recovered,” according to the DOH.

The number has changed twice since the county entered the green phase on Friday, May 29.

The person was not tested at Warren General Hospital and is not a patient there. Hospital staff believe the individual was treated at an Erie hospital.

The Warren County Department of Public Safety confirmed that there is another case in a Thursday release.

The county’s total number is low, but the percentage is taking some big steps. In the last two days, the county’s total positives have gone up by 67 percent.

“Even though this is the second case in two days, this would not constitute a ‘spike’ of cases in the county,” according to the release from Warren County Public Information Officer Cecile Stelter. ” As they have since the beginning of the COVID situation, the Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as any additional information is obtained. Overall number of cases remain very low in the county, but the public is still reminded to follow the COVID-19 mitigation practices.”

A spike in cases would be a bad thing for the county, and not just because it would mean more people have the virus.

The county went green on a week ago after meeting the requirements set up by Gov. Tom Wolf and his team.

So far, green is the least restrictive phase in the state. “The green phase eases most restrictions by lifting the stay at home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health,” Wolf said in his Process to Reopen Pennsylvania. “While this phase will facilitate a return to a ‘new normal,’ it will be equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum.”

“After a county transitions to the yellow phase, we will closely monitor for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks,” Wolf said in Process to Reopen. “If overall risk remains mitigated for fourteen days, we will transition the county to the green phase.”

Originally, the risk assessment was measured in cases per 100,000 people.

“A target goal for reopening was initially set at having fewer than 50 new confirmed cases per 100,000 population reported to DOH in the previous 14 days,” according to Process to Reopen.

Currently, DOH is reporting 12.70 cases per 100,000 in the county.

The governor has stated that counties will be watched after they upgrade from one phase to another and that backward movement is possible.

“When the governor outlined the counties that were slated to reopen, he shared that this will continue to be monitored to ensure the safety for residents,” a representative of the Department of Health press office said Thursday. “We will continue to assess each county, and if needed, revert to the previous phase if it is truly unsafe to proceed with reopening.”

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