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Erie Times E-Edition Article – County cases down, deaths up

Posted by M. C. on September 1, 2020

“The Erie County Department of Health does not have the details related to these deaths,” Lyon said in an email. “At the current time, there is no way to know if these deaths are related to nursing home cases.”

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https://erietimes-pa-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=274bd1046

One COVID-19 case but 6 recent deaths reported Monday

County shared some good news regarding COVID-19, but some bad news as well.

Only one COVID-19 case was reported in the county Monday, continuing a nearly three-week stretch of declining cases. Ten cases were reported Saturday and three cases on Sunday.

But Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper also reported six deaths due to COVID-19 complications since Friday. It’s among the county’s highest number of deaths reported over three days since the pandemic started in March.

The increase in COVID19 deaths comes about a month after a surge in cases, primarily among the county’s nursing homes. However, Erie County Department of Health Director Melissa Lyon said she doesn’t know if the recent deaths involved nursing home residents.

“The Erie County Department of Health does not have the details related to these deaths,” Lyon said in an email. “At the current time, there is no way to know if these deaths are related to nursing home cases.”

About 80% of the county’s COVID-19 deaths have involved residents of longterm care facilities, the county health department reported Wednesday.

Erie County’s total number of cases now stands at 1,349. Of those cases, 1,183 people have recovered and 48 have died.

There are 118 active cases, compared to 270 on Aug. 21.

Thirteen patients with COVID-19 were hospitalized in the county on Monday, including three who needed ventilators, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported.

A total of 23,087 negative COVID-19 tests have been reported through

Monday morning, according to the state health department, for a 5.5% positive test rate in the county.

Also on Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 521 new positives statewide, no new deaths and 134,025 cumulative positives. The state has an 8.1% positive test rate.

Erie County often reports COVID-19 deaths before they are reported by the state. Contact David Bruce at dbruce@timesnews. com. Follow him on Twitter @ETNBruce.

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