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Centre virus cases pass 2,000

LOCK HAVEN — Numbers are still on the rise.

Centre County added 124 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. That brings its total to 2,022 cases of the deadly virus, according to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Clinton County added four cases and now has 204 cases.

The big numbers in the state continue to be in Centre County, where 1,277 new cases have been added in just the past two weeks. The majority of those cases have been in the State College and University Park zip codes.

Penn State University students returned to the Centre Region around a month ago. Numbers have been spiking ever since.

Throughout the state, the DOH has reported 853 new cases of COVID-19. Pennsylvania’s total now stands at 153,397.

Centre County also had 354 residents test negative for COVID-19. The county has had 24,372 test negative. Clinton County had 25 additional negative tests. The county has had 4,159 test negative for COVID-19. There were 13,058 new negative test results across the state. A total of 1,803,470 patients in Pennsylvania have tested negative for the virus.

Across the Commonwealth, 422 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, with 53 requiring use of a ventilator. An estimated 81 percent of COVID-19 patients in the state — approximately 124,252 — have recovered, according to a DOH calculation.

The death toll from COVID-19 continues to climb. The DOH reported 17 new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 8,079.

There was some good news for Centre County this week. In the Bald Eagle Area School District, it was announced that Wingate Elementary will reopen its doors on Monday, Sept. 28.

Originally, the school was slated to return to in-class instruction on Friday, Oct. 2.

However, Wingate Elementary principal James Orichosky made the announcement on the district’s Facebook page.

“After doing some research and some consulting and also with no new cases of COVID-19 coming up, we are going to return to in-school session on Monday, Sept. 28,” Orichosky said. “We have no new cases, and so after doing some research, the 14 days will be up for that first exposure that had happened so we really feel it is safe to come on back to school.”

The only exception to Wingate Elementary Students returning is the kindergarten class that had the exposure to COVID-19.

“All the parents know who that is and the teacher is going to follow up with them,” Orichosky said.

The school closed its doors after a student and a staff member tested positive for the virus, which was reported on Sept. 13. The school moved to remote learning on Sept. 16.

On the Facebook video, Orichosky asked that parents to not send students to school if they are sick and to follow up with a doctor, if deemed necessary.

“We want to continue in person. I think we have been working great as a team through all of this. But we need to make sure that if a student is not feeling well, they stay home. They have to,” he said. “Please, please help us with that.”

With Wingate Elementary reopening, the only Centre County schools that remain closed are those in the State College Area School District.

The district has been remote for the past several weeks.

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