County COVID case count increases

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Just days after a mayoral proclamation urging citizens to comply with mitigation efforts, the COVID-19 case count rose in Warren County.

According to data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health Monday, Warren County now has 19 cases of COVID-19 with 13 confirmed and six probable. That’s an increase of four confirmed cases since last week.

Last week, City of Warren Mayor Maurice Cashman issued a proclamation calling on “all residents to be mindful of the recommended mitigation measures that may be taken and to practice such measures for the protection of our fellow residents, visitors, and workers who may be coming in from out of town for the benefit of all.”

That proclamation came on the heels of an open letter issued by the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry (see story). Both urged citizens to take mitigation efforts, such as physical distancing, hand washing and face coverings, seriously.

The Department of Health breaks down the location of cases within the county by ZIP code. They do not list totals if there are less than five confirmed or five probable cases.

Based on the ZIP code data, there are six confirmed cases and at least one probable in the 16365 ZIP code. There is at least one confirmed and one probable in Tidioute (16351), Grand Valley (16420) and Tionesta (16353). Pittsfield (16340) has at least one confirmed case, as does Russell (16345).

Nearby, Titusville (16354) has 13 confirmed cases, with no probables, while Corry (16407) has 31 confirmed cases and at least one probable.

The first positive test in the county was reported on March 24, two more were added in May, three more in June and nine in July and four so far in August.

The Department of Health lists one death for Warren County, leaving many of the early cases to fall in the “recovered” category.

Recovered cases are those cases that have “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),” according to the Department of Health.

The state added 565 additional positive cases Monday, bringing the statewide total to 114,155. There have been 7,209 deaths across the commonwealth (with no new deaths reported Monday, a first since March), with 1,142,414 negative tests and a 76 percent recovery rate.