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COVID-19 Update: County sees decrease in new cases for third day in a row

January 15, 2021 News Extra

Both in-state data and a report from Butler Health System show more recent deaths because of COVID-19.

According to Friday's report by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, seven county residents were added to the death toll, which is 278 since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to a BHS report Friday, Butler Memorial reported two deaths on Wednesday and two deaths on Thursday to the Department of Health, since its last report Wednesday.

Clarion Hospital also reported one death Wednesday and one death Thursday.

In addition to the deaths, Butler Memorial reported having 27 inpatients with COVID-19, which is nine less than Wednesday.

While the county exceeded its two-week average of 5.5 deaths per day on Friday, it saw a decrease in new confirmed cases for a third day in a row and its lowest increase in two weeks.

According to state data, the county added 49 new confirmed cases on Friday, the lowest single-day increase since Jan. 2. The case counts also came in well below the two-week average of 82.6 new confirmed cases per day.

COVID-19 statistics from Friday

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

Butler County

Confirmed cases: 7,535

Probable cases: 3,904

Negative tests: 40,957

Deaths: 278

Butler Memorial hospital

Inpatients: 27

Suspected: 0

Confirmed: 27

ICU: 5

Total tests: 35,435

Outdoor tests: 14,905

Positive tests: 2,262

Clarion hospital

Inpatients: 13

Suspected: 1

Confirmed: 12

ICU: 2

Total tests: 10,972

Outdoor tests: 9,283

Positive tests: 1,731


New cases: 6,047

Total cases: 754,611

New deaths: 215

Total deaths: 18,957

Recovered: 76%

Surrounding Counties

Allegheny: 50,696 confirmed cases; 319,068 negative; and 1,302 deaths

Armstrong: 3,367 confirmed cases; 13,059 negative; and 89 deaths

Beaver: 8,606 confirmed cases; 39,996 negative; and 290 deaths

Clarion: 1,527 confirmed cases; 6,590 negative; and 56 deaths

Lawrence: 3,854 confirmed cases; 6,590 negative; and 144 deaths

Mercer: 5,615 confirmed cases; 23,592 negative; and 186 deaths

Venango: 2,354 confirmed cases; 9,175 negative; and 59 deaths

Westmoreland: 16,681 confirmed cases; 77,371 negative; and 523 deaths.