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No new cases in Mifflin, Juniata counties

Snyder, Huntingdon counties’ virus totals remain unchanged

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On Friday, Snyder County was one of the first 18 counties in Pennsylvania to go to the ‘green’ phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s gradual reopening plan. Huntingdon County moved to the ‘yellow’ phase, joining Mifflin, Juniata and Perry counties. Another group of 13 counties to move to ‘green’ June 5 was announced Friday by Gov. Tom Wolf, as was confirmation that all remaining counties still in ‘red’ would move to ‘yellow’ by June 5.

From staff reports

For the fifth straight day, Mifflin, Juniata and Huntingdon counties reported no new cases of COVID-19, according to data released Friday by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Mifflin County stands at 58 total cases to date with one death, Juniata County is at 95 cases with four deaths and Huntingdon County is at 228 cases with two deaths. All three have not seen any new cases reported since Sunday.

On Friday, Huntingdon County moved to the “yellow” phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s gradual reopening plan for Pennsylvania, joining Mifflin, Juniata and Perry counties in that phase.

Snyder County, which on Friday moved to the least-restrictive “green” phase, reported no new cases either. It stands at just 39 cases to date with only one death attributed to the virus.

In the green phase many restrictions are lifted and all businesses may be open, but gatherings of more than 250 people are prohibited; restaurants and bars may serve dine-in customers at 50% occupancy; personal care services (including hair salons and barbershops) may open at 50% occupancy and by appointment only; indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities, and personal care services (such as gyms and spas) may open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged; entertainment venues (such as casinos, theaters and shopping malls) may open at 50% occupancy; construction activity may return to full capacity with continued implementation of protocols and visitation to prisons and hospitals may resume subject to the discretion of the facility.

Visitation restrictions to nursing homes and long-term care facilities will initially remain in place.

Perry County added two cases to its total, which now stands at 56 with two deaths.

Currently, no COVID-19 patients seeking treatment locally require the use of ventilators. Across Pennsylvania, there are currently 1,414 people hospitalized due to COVID-19, 296 of which are on ventilators.

In other nearby counties, Centre County, which also went to “green” Friday, added one new case for a total of 151 with six deaths. Dauphin County reported 19 new cases and one additional death for a new total of 1,231 cases with now 72 deaths. Franklin County reported just three new cases, but also three more deaths for totals of 762 cases and 34 deaths. Union County reported one new case for a total of 57 with one death.

Statewide, there have been 70,735 cases of COVID-19 and 5,464 deaths caused by the illness. According to the health department, about 65% of people who have contracted COVID-19 in Pennsylvania so far have recovered, about 8% have died and about 27% presently have the virus. There have been 366,970 negative tests so far in Pennsylvania.

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