WARREN, Pa. – Five new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in Warren County Monday, tying the single-day high set Oct. 29.
The new cases, announced during the daily update from the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Tuesday, bring the county’s cumulative total to 90, 78 confirmed and 12 probable. It brings the total for November to 19 new cases.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education encourages schools to base learning styles, in-person, full remote or a blend of the two, on what tier their county is in. Warren County School District Superintendent Amy Stewart said during Monday’s Board of Directors meeting that the district is relying more on local data for those decisions due to the backlog in the state data.
“We did have one positive case within those 11 (last week), but that’s what makes it really difficult to look at the numbers and try to draw meaning from them,” Stewart said. “Because those numbers can come in real time, or they could be two weeks old by the time they get here. That’s not anybody’s fault, it’s just the backlog.”
Because of uncertainty, the district added a paragraph to its Health and Safety Phased Reopening Plan outlining the steps it will take to determine whether a building closure is necessary.
“The WCSD Pandemic Team will track and monitor COVID data closely to determine if closure is necessary based upon local data,” the addition reads. “The data recorded by the State is not always accurate, hits the data base at unpredictable times, and is not reflective of what is really happening in real time in the schools. In addition, since the WCSD is a county-wide district, local data will assist in making decisions by attendance areas and schools. When at all possible, the District will work with the Department of Health and / or County Public Safety to contact trace in an effort to have the appropriate individuals quarantined as opposed to a full closure.”
The cumulative case count includes all cases reported since March. To date, the county has one reported death.
The cumulative case count 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.