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COVID-19 Update 1/26: State sees downturn in cases and deaths, vaccine availability still an issue

January 26, 2021 News Extra

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New state health officials introduced themselves during Tuesday's state COVID-19 update, which largely reiterated the fact that there isn't enough vaccine to go around.

“We assumed we were going to have an expanded supply when we went to the 65 and older,” Wolf said. “That didn't materialize.”

Acting Secretary of Health Allison Beam drew upon the words of her predecessor, Dr. Rachel Levine, who is now serving as assistant secretary of health for President Joe Biden's administration.

“We remain laser-focused on saving lives and getting Pennsylvanians vaccinated,” Beam said.

While health officials explained the vaccine distribution delay, largely still revolving around the vaccines' manufacturing, Wolf also commented on signs that the spread of the virus is slowing in the state.

“We've seen a real downturn in terms of cases and deaths,” Wolf said.

Butler County's COVID-19 data Tuesday arrived below average again.

According to Tuesday's report by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, one new death and 43 new confirmed cases are being added to Butler County's pandemic-wide totals.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the county has had 8,106 resident test positive for COVID-19, and 312 residents have died because of the virus.

Over the past two weeks, the county has averaged about 55 new cases and four deaths per day.

COVID Regional Update

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

COVID-19 statistics from Tuesday are:

Butler County

Confirmed cases: 8,106

Probable cases: 4,293

Negative tests: 42,487

Deaths: 312

Pennsylvania

New cases: 4,628

Total cases: 812,495

New deaths: 219

Total deaths: 20,883

Recovered: 79

Surrounding Counties

Allegheny: 53,849 confirmed cases; 331,804 negative; and 1,454 deaths

Armstrong: 3,585 confirmed cases; 13,527 negative; and 104 deaths

Beaver: 9,112 confirmed cases; 41,503 negative; and 313 deaths

Clarion: 1,603 confirmed cases; 6,945 negative; and 71 deaths

Lawrence: 4,116 confirmed cases; 16,407 negative; and 161 deaths

Mercer: 5,917 confirmed cases; 24,520 negative; and 215 deaths

Venango: 2,476 confirmed cases; 9,574 negative; and 74 deaths

Westmoreland: 17,535 confirmed cases; 80,149 negative; and 576 deaths

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