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6 more cases of COVID-19 in county; BHS levels remain the same

April 8, 2020 News Extra

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Butler County's confirmed coronavirus cases grew by six while Butler Health System saw no change in its data Wednesday.

As of midnight Wednesday, the Department of Health reported 1,680 additional positive cases statewide of the coronavirus since its last update Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 16,239.

It also reported 70 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 310.

The report stated 82,299 patients statewide tested negative for the virus to date.

As of noon Wednesday, the health department reported six new cases in Butler County, bringing the total confirmed cases to 113. The county's death toll remained at two.

As of Wednesday morning, Butler Memorial Hospital reported 11 inpatients being treated for coronavirus-like symptoms, which is five fewer patients than Tuesday.

Of these 11 inpatients, two have suspected cases of COVID-19 and nine tested positive. Three of those 11 patients are being treated in the BMH intensive care unit.

BHS also provided statistics for Clarion Hospital, which has two inpatients, one with a suspected case of COVID-19 and one with a confirmed case. One of the patients is being treated in Clarion's ICU.

BHS continues to test people for the virus daily. Through Tuesday, the hospital has conducted 1,673 tests, with 1,294 of those being done at its outdoor facility on Brady Street in Butler. Testing has yielded 111 positive results.

Also through Tuesday, Clarion Hospital has tested 345 patients to date, with 286 tests taken at its outdoor facility. Through its tests, Clarion Hospital identified nine positive results.

BHS spokeswoman Jana Panther said medical supply availability is adequate at this time, but BHS continues to encourage donations of personal protective equipment. People wishing to donate supplies, especially personal protective equipment, may arrange it through covid19donations@butlerhealthsystem.org.

Based on the state report, Butler County's largest neighbor to the south, Allegheny County, reported 720 confirmed cases, a rise of 31 cases. Allegheny County has had 10 deaths reported due to the virus.

Data for the surrounding counties is as follows: Westmoreland, 183 confirmed cases and one death; Beaver, 128 confirmed cases and 13 deaths; Lawrence, 32 confirmed cases and two deaths; Mercer, 27 confirmed cases; Armstrong, 19 confirmed cases; Clarion, eight confirmed cases; and Venango, five confirmed cases.

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