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Source: Closures expected to return

14 new confirmed cases added to Butler County total

July 7, 2020 News Extra

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Butler County will be among a number of counties in Western Pennsylvania in which some COVID-19 restrictions will return, a source familiar with the situation confirmed Tuesday night.

An announcement was expected to be made Wednesday by Gov. Tom Wolf, according to published reports.

Restrictions could include the closure of bars and restaurants in the county, similar to the precautions taken by Allegheny County over the past week as it saw its COVID-19 numbers rise.

Butler County's coronavirus totals climbed again Tuesday with 14 new confirmed cases. And statewide, positive cases in the 19-24 age group continue to grow.

In April, this age group accounted for 5 percent of cases, but now accounts for 30 percent of cases, according to Nate Wardle, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

According to Tuesday's report by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the addition of 14 cases brings the county's total of confirmed cases to 334. The report also listed 36 probable cases in the county, which are cases with pending results. The county's number of deaths remained at 13.

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

Tuesday's COVID-19 statistics:

Butler County

Confirmed cases: 334

Probable cases: 36

Negative tests: 7,713

Deaths: 13

Pennsylvania

New cases: 995

Total cases: 9,299

New deaths: 33

Total deaths: 6,787

Recovered: 77 percent

Surrounding Counties

Allegheny: 3,798 confirmed cases; 65,264 negative; and 190 deaths

Armstrong: 79 confirmed; 2,390 negative; and 6 deaths

Beaver: 748 confirmed; 6,942 negative; and 79 deaths

Clarion: 46 confirmed; 1,078 negative; and 2 deaths

Lawrence: 112 confirmed; 2,999 negative; and 9 deaths

Mercer: 138 confirmed; 4,839 negative; and 6 deaths

Venango: 10 confirmed and 1,373 negative

Westmoreland: 834 confirmed; 20,076 negative; and 39 deaths.

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