WARREN, Pa. – Another day, another single-day high set for new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Warren County.
Just a day after nearly doubling the previous mark with 59 cases, Warren County had 70 new confirmed cases reported Monday, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard data update Tuesday.
Monday’s count brings the county’s cumulative total to 505 confirmed cases. There have been 233 confirmed cases in December, a monthly-high. It took just seven days to surpass the previous total of 212 set in November.
The recent surge has caused a critical staffing issue within the Warren County School District, to the point the WCSD Board of Directors approved a move to remote learning at its Monday meeting. The district is currently scheduled to be in remote learning from Dec. 9 through Jan. 25.
Tuesday’s update did not indicate any new deaths in the county. Warren County’s count remained at two on the dashboard, though yourdailylocal.com confirmed with Warren County Coroner Melissa Zydonik Sunday that there were three COVID-related deaths in the county last week.
The cumulative case count, up to 568 with probable cases (yourdailylocal.com is only reporting confirmed cases at this point because the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in an e-mail to the site last week, said it can’t track whether a probable case has become a confirmed case thus meaning a case may be double-counted if probable and confirmed cases are added together), includes those cases the state considers “recovered.”
A case is considered recovered “if a case has not been reported as a death, and it is more than 30 days past the date of their first positive test (or onset of symptoms) then an individual is considered recovered,” according to the Department of Health.