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Five more COVID deaths, 15 new cases reported

The COVID-19 death toll in Warren County rose by five in Friday’s statistics.

For two weeks, the number of new cases has been consistently well below the average during the late November and December surge, but the deaths keep rising.

The Department of Health’s numbers have surpassed those of Warren County Coroner Melissa Zydonik. However, unlike the reporting of COVID deaths – which is based on county of residence, the notification is provided to a coroner based on jurisdiction where the person died.

So, county residents who die in Erie hospitals, for instance, are reported to the Erie County coroner’s office, not to Zydonik.

On Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced totals of 1,921 cases along with 80 deaths.

That reflects 15 new cases.

Of the total, 1,590 are confirmed and 331 are probable.

Although there were some high totals in the beginning of January, Warren County is on pace to be well below the number of new cases from December.

There were 1,171 new cases last month. There have been 447 new cases so far in January with less than one third of the month remaining.

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