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Officials say slight hike in COVID-19 cases

There has been a slight uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases in Warren County over the past week, but officials can’t say it’s due to Delta.

There were 20 cases in the county in all of June and there had been six this month through July 19.

In the last seven days, the Pennsylvania Department of Heath has reported nine new cases, including three on Monday.

So far, there is no conclusive evidence that the Delta variant has reached the county.

“We have sent recent samples to the Department of Health, as Warren General and our reference lab do not have the ability to identify specific strains of the virus,” Warren General Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Joe Akif said. “We have not heard back from the state as of this response.”

There was one COVID-positive patient at Warren General as of the department’s most recent figures.

The number of COVID-related deaths remained steady at 103 from May 24 through the end of June.

Three more deaths have been attributed to the disease since then, bringing the county’s total to 106. Those deaths did not take place in July. The last reported by the department was on June 30.

County residents continue to receive vaccinations, but the rate has slowed.

As of the latest data, there were 13,834 county residents who had been fully vaccinated.

There are about 34,000 county residents who are at least 12 years old.

That means about 41 percent of eligible residents have received full vaccinations.

Another 2,114 residents have received only one dose as of the latest figures. About 47 percent of eligible residents have received at least one dose.

“I am unaware at this time of any patients cared for at Warren General that were positive for COVID after receiving their vaccinations,” Akif said.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are two-dose systems. Without the second dose, recipients have only a diminished protection against the virus, Akif said.

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