Elk County’s number of COVID-19 cases has risen again, standing at 24 as of Tuesday, and two regional nursing homes have reported cases.

As of Tuesday, Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys and at Sena Kean Manor in Smethport both reported infections, according to letters posted on the webpages of the facilities.

Sena Kean’s letter, dated July 2, stated there were two confirmed COVID-19 cases among staff members at the facility, but no residents were showing any signs of being infected.

Elk Haven’s letter, posted Monday, reported one resident was confirmed to have COVID-19, but no other residents showed signs. Three staff members were confirmed to have the virus, as was one contracted vendor who “is not in the facility full time,” the letter read.

The letters advised family members of residents to contact them with any questions.

Neither facility responded to calls from The Era on Tuesday.

Regarding countywide counts, Elk County has had 24 cases, 21 of which were confirmed and three of which were probable cases. St. Marys has 10 confirmed cases, and between 1 and 4 probable cases; Ridgway has between 1 and 4 confirmed and probable cases; Kersey and Weedville both have between 1 and 4 confirmed cases.

In Elk County, there have been 1,265 negative tests.

There was no change in the other counties. McKean County stands at 20 cases, Potter County at 17 and Cameron County at four, all of which appear to be in Emporium.

The cases in McKean County number between 1 and 4 in Bradford, Lewis Run, Smethport, Duke Center, and Eldred. In Kane, there have been 8 confirmed cases and between 1 and 4 probable cases.

The cases in Potter County are as follows: Between 1 and 4 confirmed cases in Coudersport, Shinglehouse, Harrison Valley, Roulette, Westfield and Ulysses; and 1 to 4 probable in Westfield and Harrison Valley.

The state health department reported Tuesday that there had been 995 additional positive cases reported since one day earlier, bringing the statewide total to 91,299.

The number of new cases in Allegheny County increased by 204 cases overnight. Philadelphia County increased by 288 cases, but those cases represent cases over several weeks, and are not all people recently tested. This is because of a lag time in reporting from the Philadelphia Department of Health.

The number of tests administered since July 1 is 98,707 with 4,693 positive test results.

There are 6,787 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 33 new deaths reported. “As the entire state is now in the green phase, we must remain committed to protecting against COVID-19 by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and avoiding large gatherings this holiday weekend,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvania has been a model for the country on how to reopen effectively using a careful, measured approach. However, the virus has not gone away and we are seeing cases rise, especially in Southwest Pennsylvania.”

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 634 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 758,803 patients who have tested negative to date.

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