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County reports two more COVID deaths

There were two more deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the latest report from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

So far, COVID has caused or contributed to the deaths of 122 Warren County residents.

There were 29 new cases and four new COVID-positive patients at Warren General Hospital added to the county’s totals in Thursday’s release. There have been 3,869 total cases, 3,108 confirmed and 761 probables.

The department said there were 10 cases at Warren General on Thursday. That number reflects more than one day of data, according to officials. The number on Wednesday was six.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Warren County, like every other county in Pennsylvania, is an area of high community transmission.

CDC reported a slightly lower positivity rate — 17.92 percent — for the seven days ending Oct. 17, than the report ending Oct. 16. There were 854 tests administered in that seven-day period.

Warren County School District issued updated information Thursday regarding elementary students who are quarantined.

“Beginning Oct. 25, students being temporarily denied entry to school due to COVID-19 will use the Virtual Academy platform instead of packets to receive instructional activities and assignments from their regular classroom teachers,” according to that release. “Classroom teachers will record their weekly assignments on their Virtual Academy landing page, and students working at home will be able to learn similar skills and concepts that are being covered in their class at school.”

Student devices, and reminders, will be sent home for those who are denied entry. Teachers will be available to communicate with parents by phone and email.

For students who are unable to connect to the internet at home, packets will be sent home.

The district encouraged students, particularly those in quarantine, to try 24/7 online tutoring through BrainFuse if they need assistance. “An informative video about BrainFuse is available on the district website” — www.wcsdpa.org, according to the release.

There were 151 students who were denied entry on Tuesday, according to Superintendent Amy Stewart.

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