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COVID-19 Update 7/31: State recovery rate flattens, county adds 3 more confirmed cases

July 31, 2020 News Extra

As the state's recovery percentage continues to flatten, Butler County saw three confirmed cases added to its total Friday.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health's report Friday, Butler County has a total of 549 confirmed cases, which has been compiled since the pandemic began. The county's death toll remained at 15.

Butler Health System also reported little change Friday as inpatient numbers for both Butler Memorial Hospital and Clarion Hospital remained unchanged since Wednesday's update.

Butler Memorial is treating five patients, two suspected of having the virus and three with confirmed cases. One patient is being treated in the Intensive Care Unit.

Despite a rise in cases and a continued plateau of deaths, the statewide recovery rate for COVID-19 remains at 75 percent. The rate had dropped July 20 by 1 percent to 75 percent.

The recovery rate was as high as 78 percent on July 6 before it began to gradually decrease.

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.

“Individuals who have recovered is determined using a calculation, similar to what is being done by several other states,” said Nate Wardle, a spokesman for the Department of Health.

The following numbers on the coronavirus pandemic were compiled from regular news releases from the state Department of Health.

Friday's COVID-19 statistics:

Butler County

Confirmed cases: 549

Probable cases: 48

Negative tests: 12,483

Deaths: 15

Butler Memorial Hospital

Inpatients: 5

Suspected: 2

Confirmed: 3

ICU: 1

Total tests: 13,959

Outdoor tests: 5,282

Positive tests: 292

Clarion Hospital

Inpatients: 4

Suspected: 1

Confirmed: 3

ICU: 0

Total tests: 2,898

Outdoor tests: 2,125

Positive tests: 77

Pennsylvania

New cases: 970

Total cases: 112,048

New deaths: 13

Total deaths: 7,189

Recovered: 75 percent

Surrounding Counties

Allegheny: 7,864 confirmed cases; 109,002 negative; and 230 deaths

Armstrong: 178 confirmed; 3,768 negative; and 6 deaths

Beaver: 1,179 confirmed; 11,392 negative; and 88 deaths

Clarion: 72 confirmed; 1,819 negative; and 2 deaths

Lawrence: 293 confirmed; 4,827 negative; and 11 deaths

Mercer: 292 confirmed; 7,270 negative; and 9 deaths

Venango: 46 confirmed and 3,121 negative

Westmoreland: 1,371 confirmed; 28,832 negative; and 46 deaths