The Westmorland County Courthouse in Greensburg.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Saturday reported 94 new cases of the coronavirus in Westmoreland County, marking the fifth time in two weeks the count neared triple digits.
The county last saw a triple-digit count Feb. 3 and 12 of the 24 days since then have remained below 75 new cases.
The county’s total cases are at 26,742, which is an increase of 467 from the preceding week’s 26,275. The week before had an increase of 509 cases; two weeks ago it was 560; three weeks ago it was about 540; four weeks ago, the change was 700.
Friday’s cases represent a high for the week with 98, and it was the same total as the preceding Saturday, and coincidentally, the Saturday prior to that. A low of 26 cases were reported Monday.
The seven-day average is 67.
No deaths were reported, keeping the toll at 670, which is seven more than there were the preceding week. Seventeen deaths were reported two weeks ago; 14 were reported three weeks ago; and 31 were reported four weeks ago.
Two fatalities were reported on both Tuesday and Wednesday, they were the highs for the week. One death was reported on each of the following days: Sunday, Thursday and Friday.
Twenty-seven days into February, 65 deaths have been recorded. In January, there were 178 deaths recorded.
In December, 224 deaths were reported. Westmoreland County didn’t reach that number from the time the virus was first reported there in March until Dec. 4.
Of the new covid-19 cases, 68 are confirmed, and 26 are probable. A probable case is defined as one in which a patient has a positive viral antigen test or covid symptoms with a “high-risk exposure” to someone who has been confirmed to have covid-19.
The results come from a batch of 356 tests. The positivity rate is just over 19%.
There are 115 covid-19 patients in hospitals in the county — one more than this time last week. Of that total, four are in intensive care, two of whom are on ventilators.
Samson X Horne is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Samson at 412-320-7845, [email protected] or via Twitter .
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