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Centre County one of four in ‘substantial’ COVID-19 community spread category

BELLEFONTE — The numbers continue to roll in and for Centre County, things are not looking good.

On Monday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard.

Based on Friday’s data, Centre, Columbia, Indiana and Juniata counties were in the substantial level with known sources of outbreaks contributing to community transmission. The departments of Education and Health will speak with school district representatives in each county to discuss the implications of this level of transmission.

For the week ending Sept. 10, 20 counties were in the low level of transmission, 43 counties in the moderate level, with four with substantial transmission.

On Monday, there were 1,258 COVID-19 cases reported. However, the DOH did not report cases on Sunday, so the cases covered two days.

The breakdown of all three levels across all 67 Pennsylvania counties looks like this:

Low — Clinton, Bradford, Cameron, Carbon, Clarion, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Perry, Potter, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Venango, Warren and Wyoming.

Moderate — Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Chester, Clearfield, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York.

Substantial — Centre, Columbia, Indiana and Juniata.

In a news release, Gov. Wolf’s office said that they continue to prioritize the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take action to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of what county they live in. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic.

For more information about each county’s classification, visit health.pa.gov.

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