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Centre County employee has coronavirus

BELLEFONTE — Centre County Government officials reported the first COVID-19 case among county employees on Friday.

According to a news a release from the county, anyone who may have been in contact with the individual has been notified. The release did not identify the employee or in which area of county government the employee worked.

“Our best wishes for a speedy recovery are extended to this employee,” Michael Pipe, chair of the commissioners said in the release. “Without question, the health and safety of our workforce is a top priority and the county will continue its efforts to provide necessary protection for our employees and the visiting public.”

Centre County buildings remain closed to the public with limited access, but all offices are operational and continue to provide services.

“Since early March, the county has taken aggressive, proactive steps to reduce the risk of infection among its employees by implementing a multi-faceted operational plan,” the release said.

In addition to limiting building access, that has included disinfecting procedures, canceling in-person group meetings, remote telework arrangements, distancing and masking requirements and other mitigation measures.

On Friday, Centre County added two new cases of COVID-19, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The county now has 138 cases of the coronavirus since the first case was reported on March 20.

Clinton County’s numbers aren’t nearly as bad. The county did not report any new cases on Friday. The county’s total remains at 48 cases.

Statewide, the health department reported 866 new positives, bringing Pennsylvania’s total to 66,258. It was the 12th consecutive day the state reported fewer than 1,000 new cases.

For the first time, DOH included information about patient recoveries, using a formula to determine about 57 percent — 37,767– of Pennsylvanians with the virus have recovered.

Among nearby counties, Huntingdon now has 223 cases, Union has 61, Mifflin has 57, Blair has 46, Perry has 43, Clearfield has 33, Tioga has 16, Potter has four and Cameron has two.

A total of 312,743 patients in Pennsylvania have tested negative for COVID-19, including 1,763 people in Centre County. Across the state, 1,619 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, with 351 requiring a ventilator, as of noon on Friday.

Individual county data for Pennsylvania is available at the Department of Health website.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States has had 1,577,758 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 94,729 deaths and 298,418 recoveries.

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