Cases climb at UPMC Northwest

Brian Durniok

As the number of positive coronavirus cases continues to soar in the tri-county area, patient numbers at UPMC Northwest hospital in Cranberry Township are also climbing.

On Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported there have been 429 positive cases in Venango County, 252 in Clarion County and 21 in Forest County since the pandemic arrived about eight months ago. There have been six deaths attributed to COVID in the tri-county area.


HARRISBURG - The latest COVID-19 cases announced Tuesday pushed both Clarion and Venango counties past 1,000 cumulative cases, and Forest County above 100 cumulative cases.

Rising numbers in the amount of COVID-19 positive cases in the region have pushed the Cranberry Area School Board to extend remote learning until after the Christmas holiday break.

A surge of crashes was reported across the area as snow created treacherous driving conditions on Tuesday.

The National Weather service in Pittsburgh has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Venango and Mercer counties through 7 a.m. Wednesday. Heavy snow is expected with accumulations of 5 to 9 inches, according to the NWS.

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Three individuals from Central Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, according to a post by Franklin Area School District Superintendent Mark Loucks on the district's Facebook page.

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Monday announced 59 new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the tri-county area, and Butler Health System said an additional virus-related death occurred Sunday at Clarion Hospital that has yet to be reported by the state.

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health over the weekend announced the tri-county area reported an increase of 136 cases of COVID-19.

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