WARREN, Pa. – The COVID-19 pandemic was in its eighth month before Warren County saw an increase of 50 or more cases in a single-day. That has now happened for three straight days.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard data update Wednesday, there were 61 new confirmed cases reported in Warren County Tuesday. There were 59 cases reported Sunday and 70 on Monday.
Tuesday’s increase was also the second straight day the county had a single-day case increase greater than the total of confirmed cases from March 24 (the date of the first reported case in the county) through Oct. 31. In that time, the county had a total of 60 confirmed cases.
The 3-day total, 190, nearly matched the total November increase, 212.
“WGH is currently caring for 18 patients that have COVID-19,” WGH COO/Chief Nursing Officer Joe Akif said Wednesday morning. “These patients are being cared for in a dedicated unit separate from the general inpatient population.”
The Dashboard still shows two COVID-related deaths in Warren County. Warren County Coroner Melissa Zydonik confirmed to yourdailylocal.com Sunday that there were three COVID-related deaths in the county last week. Dashboard death data is not updated until the case is finalized.
Warren County’s cumulative cases per 100,000 has increased to 1,595. Once the lowest rate in the state, Warren is now the fourth lowest behind Cameron (935), Wayne (1,454.9) and Sullivan (1,515.4) Counties.
The cumulative case count, up to 630 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.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story listed Dashboard information showing 22 COVID-19 patients hospitalized. The story has been updated with confirmation from WGH that only 18 patients were hospitalized at WGH.