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County COVID-19 cases rise over 10 percent this weekend

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Warren County rose by more than 10 percent over the weekend. As of Monday there were 111 cases, with 97 confirmed and 14 cases deemed probable.

COVID-19 case counts in Warren County rose over 10 percent this past weekend.

As of Friday, there were 99 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in the county.

That number rose to 108 on Saturday with an additional three cases reported by the Department of Health in data released on Sunday. Out of that 111 total, 97 are confirmed with 14 cases deemed probably.

No additional positive tests were reported on Monday.

However 40 of the county’s 111 cases have been diagnosed this month.

And the impact is being felt as a local restaurant announced a temporary closure after staff members reportedly came into contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19.

The Plaza Restaurant, in a message posted to Facebook on Monday, said, “We wanted to let you all know our staff has been in contact with a Covid positive patient. In following with nationwide guidelines, we have made the decision to close immediately for the community’s safety and our own.

“All employees will be getting tested to be safe. As more information arises, we’ll post again with an update as to when we will reopen. We appreciate your understanding. Be safe out there!”

State-wide, nearly 10,000 new cases of the virus were reported on Sunday and Monday.

Warren County is one five counties identified as experiencing “moderate” transmission. Cameron, Forest and Sullivan fall into the “low” category while every other county in the state is identified as having a “substantial” transmission rate.

Percent positivity — the percent of tests returning a positive result — jumped statewide by nearly two percent from last week to this week, as well.

“The significant increase in cases and percent positivity across much of the state is cause for concern,” Gov. Wolf said. “We need all Pennsylvanians to take a stand and answer the call to protect one another. We need Pennsylvanians to be united in wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing our hands and avoiding gatherings. It is only by working together that Pennsylvanians can prevent the spread of the virus.”

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