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.
COVID-19 REGIONAL DATA
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:
Confirmed cases: 612
Probable cases: 59
Negative tests: 14,202
Butler Memorial Hospital
Total tests: 15,094
Outdoor tests: 5,547
Positive tests: 297
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
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.