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COVID-19 Update 8/3: Butler County added seven confirmed cases since Friday

August 3, 2020 News Extra

One local death Sunday contradicted Monday's state report of zero deaths in Pennsylvania due to the coronavirus.

According to the state Department of Health's report Monday, the state reported zero deaths due to COVID-19, but Butler Health System reported Monday that one person died at Butler Memorial Hospital.

BHS reported the death alongside its number of patients hospitalized due to the virus.

Butler Memorial is treating three patients; two have confirmed cases, and one patient has a suspected case of the virus. Two of Butler's patients are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit. Meanwhile, Clarion Hospital has zero inpatients.

According to the state report, Butler County added seven confirmed cases since Friday, bringing its total confirmed cases to 556 since the pandemic began. The report listed the county's death toll at 15.

The death at Butler Memorial Hospital may be attributed to the county's toll later due to a lag in reporting, or it could be attributed to another county, if the person was not a county resident.

While its validity became questionable, Sunday's zero new deaths is the first time since March that the state saw a stop in daily fatalities due to COVID-19.

In a news conference Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf reiterated the importance of COVID-19 mitigation efforts and the state's ability to enforce them.

“These orders do give us the ability to cite folks who aren't taking this precaution,”

Wolf said. “If that's what it's going to take to keep PA safe, then that's what we'll do.”

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

Monday's COVID-19 statistics:

Butler County

Confirmed cases: 556

Probable cases: 49

Negative tests: 12,920

Deaths: 15

Butler Memorial Hospital

Inpatients: 3

Suspected: 1

Confirmed: 2

ICU: 2

Total tests: 14,211

Outdoor tests: 5,268

Positive tests: 293

Clarion Hospital

Inpatients: 0

Suspected: 0

Confirmed: 0

ICU: 0

Total tests: 3,093

Outdoor tests: 2,293

Positive tests: 78

Pennsylvania

New cases: 565

Total cases: 114,155

New deaths: 0

Total deaths: 7,209

Recovered: 76 percent

Surrounding Counties

Allegheny: 8,081 confirmed cases; 112,762 negative; and 234 deaths

Armstrong: 187 confirmed; 3,893 negative; and 6 deaths

Beaver: 1,204 confirmed; 11,762 negative; and 89 deaths

Clarion: 73 confirmed; 1,860 negative; and 2 deaths

Lawrence: 302 confirmed; 4,990 negative; and 12 deaths

Mercer: 314 confirmed; 7,541 negative; and 9 deaths

Venango: 47 confirmed and 3,232 negative

Westmoreland: 1,419 confirmed; 29,751 negative; and 46 deaths