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COVID-19 Update 8/10: State recommends metrics schools should hit to decide instructional models

August 10, 2020 News Extra

Butler County schools on Monday received additional advisement from state officials regarding back-to-school models as the school year draws near.

According to a news release by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the newest recommendations add thresholds for which instructional models should be used based on statistics over a seven-day period.

The state recommends either full, in-person learning or blended learning for county's within the “low” level of risk for community transmission, which equates to 10 or fewer incidences per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period.

The “moderate” level, recommending blended learning or full remote learning, would be between 11 to 100 incidences per week, and a “substantial” level, recommending full remote learning, would be 101 or more incidences per week.

According to a report Monday by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Butler County added 10 new confirmed cases Monday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the county has 612 confirmed cases and 15 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Over the past few weeks, many county school districts have planned to open school with full in-person education, but have plans in place in case they need to switch to other modes of teaching.

“We remain committed to helping our school leaders make thoughtful decisions about the 2020-21 school year, while helping Pennsylvania stem the tide of COVID-19 infections in our communities,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.

This is a breaking news report — read more in Tuesday's Butler Eagle.


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

Tueday's COVID-19 statistics:

Butler County

Confirmed cases: 612

Probable cases: 59

Negative tests: 14,202

Deaths: 15

Butler Memorial Hospital

Inpatients: 2

Suspected: 1

Confirmed: 1

ICU: 1

Total tests: 15,094

Outdoor tests: 5,547

Positive tests: 297

Clarion Hospital

Inpatients: 0

Suspected: 0

Confirmed: 0

ICU: 0

Total tests: 3,782

Outdoor tests: 2,931

Positive tests: 84


New cases: 601

Total cases: 119,453

New deaths: 3

Total deaths: 7,317

Recovered: 77 percent

Surrounding Counties

Allegheny: 8,695 confirmed cases; 122,8615 negative; and 247 deaths

Armstrong: 215 confirmed; 4,275 negative; and 7 deaths

Beaver: 1,289 confirmed; 13,391 negative; and 92 deaths

Clarion: 77 confirmed; 2,110 negative; and 2 deaths

Lawrence: 338 confirmed; 5,501 negative; and 16 deaths

Mercer: 382 confirmed; 8,302 negative; and 9 deaths

Venango: 49 confirmed and 3,608 negative

Westmoreland: 1,510 confirmed; 32,122 negative; and 46 deaths.