Juniata County adds 3rd death from COVID-19
Huntingdon, Perry counties add new cases
From staff reports
Juniata County reported its third COVID-19 related death on Thursday, according to the most recent numbers released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
There were minimal changes in the amount of cases of COVID-19 in local counties on Thursday, with Huntingdon County adding six new cases while Perry County added just one new case.
Mifflin and Juniata counties remain at 57 cases and 94 cases, respectively. Neither county has reported a new case in five days. Snyder County’s run of more than three weeks without a new case continued, as the county still has just 33 cases of COVID-19. There are now 1,059 negative tests in Mifflin County with one death, while Juniata County has 290 negative tests. Snyder County has 331 negative tests and one death.
Perry County’s case total is 43 with 562 negative tests and one death, while Huntingdon County has 221 cases with 690 negative tests and one death. Huntingdon County has the highest total of local counties.
A significant reason Huntingdon County’s total is so high is the outbreak at State Correctional Institution Huntingdon, which is the worst of any correctional facility in Pennsylvania. According to the most recent numbers from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, 158 inmates and 51 staff have tested positive for COVID-19. Inmates are counted as residents of the county in which they are incarcerated. Staff are counted in their true counties of residence.
Mifflin, Juniata and Perry counties are among a group of 12 counties slated to move to the “yellow” phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s phased reopening plan for Pennsylvania today.
In other nearby counties, Centre County reported three new cases, to increase its total to 136 reported cases of COVID-19 to date in Centre County with 1,697 negative tests and five deaths. In Union County, five new cases were reported, giving it 61 cases with one death and 877 negative tests.
Both Centre and Union counties (along with Snyder) are in the yellow phase.
In Dauphin County, 22 new cases were reported for a total of 1,034 cases with 8,328 negative tests and 52 deaths. Franklin County added 15 new cases to its total for a total of 677 cases with 4,426 negative tests and 28 deaths.
Statewide, there have been 65,392 cases of COVID-19 and 4,869 deaths attributed to the virus. So far, there have been 303,514 negative tests in Pennsylvania.