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COVID-19 UPDATE 11/24: Butler County adds 6 deaths to total

November 24, 2020 News Extra

After a lull Monday, Butler County added six COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, its highest daily addition to date, according to state data.

According to Tuesday's report by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the six new deaths continue a seven-day streak of reported deaths. The county's COVID-19 death toll now stands at 63.

The county also added 90 new confirmed cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 2,775 county residents have tested positive for the virus.

The county averaged 56 new confirmed cases per day, which is slightly above the average for the month of November, which is 52 new cases daily. The county averaged about 16 new cases daily in October.

Michael Huff, director of testing and contact tracing, gave a report Tuesday in a virtual news conference.

According to his data, 111,838 PCR tests and 13,634 antigen tests were performed over the past two days. To date, roughly 5.5 million COVID-19 tests have been performed, accounting for about 43% of the state's population.

However, the contact tracing problems have continued, according to Huff.

Huff said in the past seven days, 34,719 cases were reported. Of those cases, only 8,332 of those people were successfully reached by contact tracers. He said also 96 of those people refused to quarantine.

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