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COVID19 5/26 UPDATE: Counties need continual decrease in infections in order to go green, Levine says

May 26, 2020 News Extra

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Secretary of Health Rachel Levine unveiled the latest figures regarding MIS-C in Pennsylvania Tuesday.

In a virtual news conference with Gov. Tom Wolf, Levine said there have been 17 reports of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, which has been linked to children who have recovered from COVID-19.

Of the 17 reports, nine have been confirmed as cases of the syndrome, two have been discounted as cases and six are still under investigation.

Levine did not give a detailed breakdown for the number of cases at each of the six children's hospitals in the state. She said the department is working with the hospitals to develop better reporting and treatment plans.

“There are developmental protocols being developed for those children,” Levine said.

Also during Tuesday's briefing, both Wolf and Levine were asked about future plans to move counties from yellow to green phases in the reopening of the state.

Levine said as the state's testing capabilities improve, the 50 per 100,000 metric has become “less useful” and officials will focus more on models and projections, which are available on the state Department of Health's website. Levine also explained what it would take for a county to move from yellow to green.

“Those counties need to have a continually decreasing rate of COVID-19 while they were yellow,” she said. “If they have a continued decreased rate of infection, then they'll be considered to go green.”

The following numbers on the coronavirus pandemic are compiled daily from the Pennsylvania Department of Health's website and regular releases from Butler Health System.

Tuesday's COVID-19 statistics:

Butler County

Confirmed cases: 220

Negative tests: 3,343

Deaths: 12

Butler Memorial Hospital

Inpatients: 6

Suspected: 4

Confirmed: 2

ICU: 1

Total tests: 4,505

Outdoor tests: 2,492

Positive tests: 238

Clarion Hospital

Inpatients: 0

Suspected: 0

Confirmed: 0

ICU: 0

Total tests: 924

Outdoor tests: 666

Positive tests: 32


New cases: 451

Total cases: 68,637

New deaths: 13

Total deaths: 5,152

Negative tests: 339,835

Surrounding Counties

Allegheny: 1,816 confirmed cases; 27,412 negative test results; and 160 deaths

Armstrong: 59 confirmed; 1,128 negative; and 3 deaths

Beaver: 570 confirmed; 3,413 negative; and 72 deaths

Clarion: 29 confirmed; 651 negative; and 2 deaths

Lawrence: 74 confirmed; 1,173 negative; and 8 deaths

Mercer: 105 confirmed; 1,417 negative; and 4 deaths

Venango: 8 confirmed and 476 negative

Westmoreland: 442 confirmed; 8,587 negative; and 38 deaths

* The total number of cases includes confirmed and probable cases.

* The total deaths and new deaths include only confirmed deaths, which is a person who tested positive for the virus before their death.

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