Local COVID spread not confined to any one area

Local COVID spread not confined to any one area

CLARION - The number of reported COVID-19 cases in the tri-county area have increased rapidly the past few weeks and data posted by the state Department of Health shows the spread of the virus in Clarion County is not limited to any one area.

According to the state Department of Health, as of Nov. 10, at least 265 people residing within a Clarion County or neighboring zip code have tested positive for the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and another 114 people were listed as "probable" cases totaling 379 confirmed or probable cases.

On Oct. 14, the number of confirmed cases in Clarion County stood at 155 meaning the number of confirmed cases in the past month increased by at least 110.

Also according to the state Department of health, approximately 4,482 people within those zip codes have tested negative for the virus.

That number increased by about 482 in the past four weeks.

The information compiled and shown in the accompanying chart includes zip codes of post offices that serve more than Clarion County (i.e. parts of Venango, Forest, Jefferson and Armstrong counties).

Also, the numbers include more than 700 negatives test results from the Marienville zip code, which includes test results from the state prison there.

As of Oct. 14, Clarion County had reported three COVID-related deaths; Forest County reported one; Jefferson County reported three and Venango County reported one.

As of Nov. 10, those numbers were Clarion County: four; Forest County: one; Jefferson County: four; and Venango County: one.

Also as of Nov. 11:

4The number of tests administered statewide between Nov. 5 and 7 was 331,492 with 25,702 positive cases. There were 50,997 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m. Nov. 11. This is a record high number of PCR test results reported to the department.

4There were 49 new deaths reported statewide for a total of 9,194 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

4There were 2,080 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 438 patients were in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

4Most of the patients hospitalized were ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

4The department has seen significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds.

4In nursing and personal care homes, there were 28,576 resident cases of COVID-19, and 5,972 cases among employees, for a total of 34,548 at 1,132 distinct facilities in 63 counties.

4Out of the total deaths as of Nov. 11, 5,999 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.