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Deaths reported in 3 counties

Snyder County total spikes by 57 over week

From staff reports

Over the past seven days, three local counties have each reported an additional death attributed to COVID-19. Additionally, Snyder County, which is home to Susquehanna University, saw a spike of 57 new cases over the past week while other local counties saw mixed results, according to data released Monday by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

In Mifflin County, another 16 cases were reported, which puts the total to date at 211. Mifflin County also saw its second death related to the virus.

Juniata County reported 14 new cases for a total of 181 and another death pushing its total to seven, which is the most among the five-county area. Juniata County is among those counties in the state to have been designated as being at “substantial risk” for a COVID-19 outbreak by the state Department of Education.

In Snyder County, a spike of 57 cases was reported over the past week. While it is not known what caused this spike, the Borough of Selinsgrove in Snyder County is home to Susquehanna University. Several counties with colleges and universities have seen case counts dramatically rise since students returned to campus for the fall semester. The week prior to this past one, Snyder County’s new case count was less than half of this week’s (25). Snyder County also reported its fourth death attributed to the virus.

Perry County reported 19 new cases over the past week for a total of 207. No new deaths were reported in Perry County, leaving its total at six.

If one local county was relatively steady, it was Huntingdon County. Only four new cases were reported over the past week, putting the total at 396. The Borough of Huntingdon is also home to Juniata College, but has not seen a similar outbreak to many other college towns. Huntingdon County also reported no new COVID deaths, leaving that total at six.

In Pennsylvania, there have been 150,812 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19. Of those who have tested positive, 82% have recovered. So far in Pennsylvania, there have been 8,004 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

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