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COVID cases jump after quiet weekend

After a relatively quiet COVID weekend, Warren County had another big day in terms of new cases on Tuesday.

There was a total of 14 new cases reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

On Tuesday, the department announced 39 new cases, bringing the total in the county to 3,157.

There were also two deaths added to the report, bringing that total to 114.

So far in September, there have been 322 new cases reported – an average of 15 cases per day.

The county, like every other county in the state, is still an area of high community transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The percent positivity in the county, as reported by the CDC, was down Tuesday, but still quite high.

According to CDC, the county’s positivity rate is 16.9 percent, (down from 24.86 on Monday). That means, out of 664 tests administered in the past week, there were 112 positive results.

According to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “The percent positive is a critical measure because it gives us an indication how widespread infection is in the area where the testing is occurring – and whether levels of testing are keeping up with levels of disease transmission.”

“A high percent positive means that more testing should probably be done – and it suggests that it is not a good time to relax restrictions aimed at reducing coronavirus transmission,” according to Johns Hopkins. “Because a high percentage of positive tests suggests high coronavirus infection rates (due to high transmission in the community), a high percent positive can indicate it may be a good time to add restrictions to slow the spread of disease. The higher the percent positive is, the more concerning it is. As a rule of thumb, however, one threshold for the percent positive being ‘too high’ is 5%. For example, the World Health Organization recommended in May that the percent positive remain below 5% for at least two weeks before governments consider reopening.”

Over the weekend, the positivity rate in western New York was reported as 4.75 percent. The highest regional rate in New York state was 5.85 percent and the lowest was 2.07 percent.

In terms of vaccines, the department reported Tuesday that 14,950 residents are fully vaccinated and another 2,410 are partially vaccinated.

The department added a new category to its vaccination dashboard on Tuesday – additional doses.

According to the department, 88 county residents have received an additional, ‘booster,’ dose since Aug. 13.

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