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Fourth case of COVID-19 among county residents reported

Warren County has a new case of COVID-19.

On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that there have now been four cases of the coronavirus among Warren County residents. The state is reporting 415 negative tests and no deaths in the county.

“Warren County Department of Public Safety can confirm another positive case of COVID-19 in a Warren County resident — this is the fourth confirmed case for the county,” according to a Wednesday afternoon release from Public Information Officer Cecile Stelter. “No further details about the individual or this case are available at this time. The Emergency Management Team is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates as additional information is obtained.”

It is the third identified case in the county since May 13. The first case was confirmed in March.

The new case was not identified at Warren General Hospital.

“This was not a patient at Warren General Hospital and was not someone tested at or through WGH,” CEO Rick Allen said. “We do not have any details.”

The county public information office encourages people to continue to use masks and maintain social distancing.

“Even as the county is operating under a ‘green designation’ per Gov. (Tom) Wolf and Secretary (Rachel) Levine, the public is still encouraged to adhere to COVID-19 mitigation practices: engage in safe social distancing; wash their hands frequently; disinfect common areas; wear masks in public; and isolate themselves and seek medical attention if they don’t feel well.”

On Wednesday, Wolf renewed the disaster declaration he originally signed on March that would have expired Thursday.

“The emergency disaster declaration provides for increased support to state agencies involved in the continued response to the virus and recovery for the state during reopening,” Wolf said in a Wednesday release.

The state’s stay-at-home order, which only applies to red-phase counties, will be allowed to expire.

“As phased reopening continues and all 67 counties are either in the yellow or green phase by Friday, we will no longer have a stay-at-home order in effect,” Wolf said.

“I remind Pennsylvanians that yellow means caution and even in the green phase everyone needs to take precautions to keep themselves and their communities healthy.”

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