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COVID-19 UPDATE 10/21: Cases continue to rise, 33 cases added over last two days

October 21, 2020 News Extra

Butler County added 33 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over two days.

According to multiple reports by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the county added 14 confirmed cases Tuesday and 19 on Wednesday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,252 county residents have tested positive for the virus.

As of Wednesday, the county's death toll remained at 27, but despite the lack of additional deaths, the county's latest trend is following a statewide rise in cases.

In the past two weeks, Butler County has added an average of 14 confirmed cases per day. But in September, the county population averaged eight new confirmed cases per day.

The state has consistently averaged more than 1,000 new cases over the past two weeks. Wednesday was no exception as the state added 1,425 positive results. The statewide total for the entirety of the pandemic stands at 186,297.

Health officials nationwide have warned about a resurgence coinciding with this year's flu season, and state officials believe this is the beginning of that.

On Wednesday, BHS reported inpatient numbers seeing a plateau in Butler Memorial Hospitals numbers, but a rise at Clarion Hospital.

Butler Memorial remained at the same level as Monday's report with four inpatients, all with confirmed cases of COVID-19. However, the hospital is reporting only one of those patients being treated in the intensive care unit, one less than Monday.

Clarion Hospital has five inpatients, an increase of two from Monday. Four of those patients have confirmed cases of the virus. Two of the five COVID-inpatients are being treated in the ICU.


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

COVID-19 statistics from Tuesday and Wednesday are:

Butler County

Confirmed cases: 1,252

Probable cases: 211

Negative tests: 25,810

Deaths: 27

Butler Memorial Hospital

Inpatients: 4

Suspected: 0

Confirmed: 4

ICU: 1

Total tests: 21,390

Outdoor tests: 8,109

Positive tests: 347

Clarion Hospital

Inpatients: 5

Suspected: 1

Confirmed: 4

ICU: 2

Total tests: 6,201

Outdoor tests: 4,941

Positive tests: 189


New cases: 2,982

Total cases: 186,297

New deaths: 62

Total deaths: 8,562

Recovered: 79 percent

Surrounding CountiesM

Allegheny: 13,491 confirmed cases; 199,207 negative; and 397 deaths

Armstrong: 558 confirmed; 8,183 negative; and 20 deaths

Beaver: 2,092 confirmed; 23,369 negative; and 138 deaths

Clarion: 142 confirmed; 3,791 negative; and 3 deaths

Lawrence: 639 confirmed; 8,846 negative; and 27 deaths

Mercer: 807 confirmed; 13,471 negative; and 25 deaths

Venango: 131 confirmed; 5,489 negative; and 1 death

Westmoreland: 3,309 confirmed; 49,104 negative; and 76 deaths