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COVID deaths, cases continue rising

November 30, 2020 News Extra

Butler County saw five more deaths from COVID-19 and more than 200 new cases of the virus over the weekend, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

On Monday, the department reported the county had 75 deaths, an increase from 70 on Friday, and 3,208 confirmed cases, an increase from 2,993 on Friday.

The department also announced that it will operate a COVID-19 testing site from Wednesday through Sunday at Michelle Krill Field at Historic Pullman Park in Butler. Drive-thru and indoor walk-in testing will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Up to 450 patients can be tested daily. Mid-nasal passage swab PCR tests will be performed. Testing is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is free to all patients. Patients must be ages 3 or older and are not required to show COVID-19 symptoms to be tested.

No appointment is necessary. Patients are encouraged to bring a photo-ID or insurance card. Registration will be completed on-site. The turnaround time for test results is two to seven days after testing.

The Butler Health System reported that one person died at Butler Memorial Hospital and another died at Clarion Hospital on Sunday. Both hospitals also had slight increases in the number of confirmed cases.

Statewide, 8,053 new cases were reported Saturday, 5,529 were reported Sunday and 4,268 were reported Monday, bringing the statewide total to 361,464. The state recovery rate declined 1% as of Monday.

Of the 4,405 people hospitalized across the state, 918 patients are in the intensive care unit. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of Nov. 20-26 was 11.7%. The number of tests administered between Nov. 23-29 is 392,547 with 47,557 positive cases.

New deaths totaled 75 on Saturday and 32 on Sunday, raising the state total to 10,383.

The department noted a significant increase in COVID-19 cases among the 19 to 24 year-old age group. That group accounted for 6% of all cases in April in the northeastern United States, but accounts for 13% in November. The percentage increased from 75 to 165 in the north-central part of the country, 55 to 11% in the southeast, 5% to 10% in the southwest and 7% to 11% in the northwest, but only 7% to 8% in the south central area.

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