Centre County becoming a ‘hot spot’

184 COVID-19 cases added in one day

BELLEFONTE — In Centre County, COVID-19 cases are rising quickly.

A day after Centre County was one of 11 counties added to Gov. Tom Wolf’s “watch” list for COVID-19, the county added 184 cases to its total on Wednesday. Centre County now has 870 cases. Of the 184 cases added on Wednesday, 180 were in the State College and University Park zip codes.

Chair of the Centre County Board of Commissioners, Michael Pipe, said that the spike in numbers is a reason for concern.

“(It’s) very concerning. We have reached out to DOH (Department of Health) for an explanation of where specifically the cases are occurring,” Pipe said, “and what’s the lag time on contact tracing.”

The 184 cases is the most in Centre County in one day since the first case was reported on March 20.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there is one hospitalization in Centre County.

The 184 cases is more than than four times the county’s previous single-day high. The numbers correspond with Penn State’s dashboard, which reported 205 new cases this week. The university’s updated COVID-19 dashboard shows 163 additional positives from tests that were previously still pending for the week of Aug. 28-Sept. 3. Another 42 cases resulted from testing between Friday and Sunday, while 465 tests during that time were still awaiting results.

Since students returned to Penn State’s University Park campus in mid-August, the total number of students who have contracted the deadly virus sits at 416.

Centre County is one of the state’s “hot spots.” As of Sept. 4, Centre County was one of only two counties in Pennsylvania to be in the state’s substantial level of community transmission with a five percent positivity rate and 105 cases per 100,000 residents over the previous seven days, according to the state’s early warning monitoring dashboard.

In the past two weeks, Centre County has added 441 cases — 332 have come in the past week.

In Clinton County, the numbers aren’t nearly as bad. On Wednesday, the county added just two new cases of COVID-19. Clinton County stands at 162 positive cases.

At Lock Haven University, the dashboard remains unchanged. LHU says it has administered 1,033 tests and has had 58 positive cases — a positivity rate of 5.8 percent.

The death toll from COVID-19 continues to climb. The DOH reported 14 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state’s total at 7,805. A total of 11 Centre County residents have died as a result of the deadly virus. There have been no deaths reported in Clinton County.

For more information about COVID-19 and the state’s numbers, visit health.pa.gov.


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