As Butler County sees another rise in COVID-19 cases, officials have selected a location for Butler Health System’s off-site facility.
County commissioners confirmed Friday afternoon that the Broad Street Elementary School in Butler will serve as an off-site BHS facility, if needed.
“The county in collaboration with the school district, they’re taking the initiative to get this done for Butler Health System,” said Commissioner Leslie Osche.
As of noon Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 1,404 additional positive cases of the coronavirus since the last update Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 8,420 — including six new cases in Butler County.
The report also said 47,698 patients statewide tested negative for the virus as of Thursday.
Butler County’s six new cases bring its total confirmed cases to 75, but its death toll remains at two, according to the state update.
As of Friday morning, Butler Memorial Hospital reported 18 inpatients, six with suspected cases of COVID-19 and 12 with confirmed cases.
Six of those 18 patients are being treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
BHS also provided statistics for Clarion Hospital, which has seven inpatients, six with suspected cases of COVID-19 and one with a confirmed case. Three of the seven patients are being treated in the ICU.
BHS also continues to test people for the virus daily. Through Thursday, the hospital has run 1,360 tests, with 1,065 of those being done at its outdoor facility on Brady Street in Butler.
Testing has yielded 62 positive results and roughly 386 results are pending.
Also through Wednesday, Clarion Hospital has tested 257 patients to date, with 209 tests done through its outdoor facility. Through its tests, Clarion Hospital identified three confirmed results with 155 results pending.
According to the state report, Butler County’s largest neighbor to the south, Allegheny County, reports 476 confirmed cases, a rise of 57 cases. Allegheny County’s death toll also remains at two.
Based on the report, data for the surrounding counties are as follows:
• Westmoreland - 110 confirmed cases
• Beaver - 65 confirmed cases and two deaths
• Lawrence - 19 confirmed cases and two deaths
• Armstrong - 11 confirmed cases
• Mercer - 10 confirmed cases
• Clarion - 4 confirmed cases
• Venango - 3confirmed cases