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Butler County sees highest single day increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases

July 8, 2020 News Extra

17 new cases confirmed overnight

Butler County saw its highest single-day total in confirmed cases of coronavirus Wednesday as state health officials reported 17 new cases of the virus.

The figure eclipsed the one-day record of 16 reported on April 6. The county’s coronavirus totals also climbed Tuesday with 14 new confirmed cases.

Officials from several southwestern Pennsylvania counties, as well as businesses throughout the region, waited most of Wednesday for an announcement about the possible reinstatement of some COVID-19 restrictions. Business owners are bracing for the possibility that state health officials will reimpose pandemic restrictions in an effort to contain the spread.

“It (would be) devastating for us,” said Natili’s North owner Vince Tavolario, who has operated restaurants in Butler for 52 years. “We just called everyone back to work, and things seemed to be going pretty good.”

The news came after a source familiar with the situation confirmed late Tuesday that an announcement on reimposing the restrictions was expected to be made by Gov. Tom Wolf. The restrictions were expected to include the closure of bars and restaurants, similar to precautions taken by Allegheny County over the past week as it saw its COVID-19 numbers rise.

As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, no announcement had been made by Wolf or state Secretary of Health Rachel Levine.

To the south, Pittsburgh and the rest of Allegheny County reported a near-record number of new coronavirus infections Wednesday as border counties are dealing with their own surges.

“They told us an order was coming today,” Leslie Osche, GOP chairperson of the Butler County board of commissioners, said Wednesday. “We have no authority to close anything, nor would we, but that would be the expectation, an order will come today of some sort.”

Below is the most recent data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Butler Health System.

Wednesday's COVID-19 statistics:

Butler County

Confirmed cases: 351

Probable cases: 39

Negative tests: 7,965

Deaths: 13


New cases: 849

Total cases: 92,148

New deaths: 25

Total deaths: 6,812

Recovered: 77 percent

Butler Memorial Hospital

Inpatients: 3

Suspected: 2

Confirmed: 1

ICU: 0

Total tests: 10,415

Outdoor tests: 3,930

Positive tests: 270

Clarion Hospital

Inpatients: 2

Suspected: 1

Confirmed: 1

ICU: 0

Total tests: 1,934

Outdoor tests: 1,351

Positive tests: 48

Surrounding Counties

Allegheny: 4,028 confirmed cases; 67,350 negative; and 190 deaths

Armstrong: 79 confirmed; 2,516 negative; and 6 deaths

Beaver: 763 confirmed; 7,378 negative; and 79 deaths

Clarion: 47 confirmed; 1,093 negative; and 2 deaths

Lawrence: 120 confirmed; 3,083 negative; and 9 deaths

Mercer: 138 confirmed; 4,896 negative; and 6 deaths

Venango: 20 confirmed; 1,415 negative; and 0 deaths

Westmoreland: 869 confirmed; 20,586 negative; and 39 deaths.