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Update: Future COVID-19 vaccines could come from pharmacies

January 14, 2021 News Extra

By Nathan Bottiger

Eagle Staff Writer

Thursday brought Butler County's 11th straight day recording at least one COVID-19 death, the same day state officials announced using pharmacists in future vaccine distributions.

According to Thursday's report by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, six more Butler County residents died because of COVID-19, and 58 more residents were listed as new confirmed cases.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 7,486 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 271 residents have died because of the virus.

According to the report, 7,175 new confirmed cases were added statewide Thursday, along with the deaths of 313 residents.

As the pandemic continues, state officials have focused on the distribution of two federally-approved vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

“We are working on ways to increase access to the vaccine, and pharmacists already play an important role in making sure Pennsylvanians are protected,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine in a joint news release Thursday with the Department of State.

COVID-19 statistics from Thursday

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

Butler County

Confirmed cases: 7,486

Probable cases: 3,852

Negative tests: 40,791

Deaths: 271

Pennsylvania

New cases: 7,175

Total cases: 748,564

New deaths: 313

Total deaths: 18,742

Recovered: 76%

Surrounding Counties

Allegheny: 50,375 confirmed cases; 371,710 negative; and 1,277 deaths

Armstrong: 3,339 confirmed cases; 13,003 negative; and 87 deaths

Beaver: 8,506 confirmed cases; 39,705 negative; and 288 deaths

Clarion: 1,514 confirmed cases; 6,546 negative; and 55 deaths

Lawrence: 3,845 confirmed cases; 15,447 negative; and 143 deaths

Mercer: 5,580 confirmed cases; 23,513 negative; and 182 deaths

Venango: 2,339 confirmed cases; 9,091 negative; and 59 deaths

Westmoreland: 16,580 confirmed cases; 77,015 negative; and 516 deaths.