Snyder County has 15 new COVID-19 cases — including 13 at long-term care facilities — in the latest data released from the state Department of Health. The increase is the largest one-day increase in Snyder County since the state began tracking data in March.
On Tuesday, state health officials announced the weekly facility-specific data for long-term care facilities. Over the past week, there have been at least eight cases — including seven residents — at The Manor at Penn Village in Selinsgrove. There were 13 new cases added to the county’s overall long-term care facility database on Tuesday. It has taken several days for the state to match up their overall case database with long-term care facility databases.
Also on Tuesday, Bloomsburg University announced students would remain in remote learning through the end of the semester.
According to Tuesday’s data, there were 1,151 new COVID-19 cases statewide, including 24 in the Valley. Along with the 15 new cases in Snyder County, there were five new cases in Northumberland County and four in Union.
Long-term care facilities
Of the Valley’s 1,635 cases, 320 of them are linked to long-term care facilities. In Northumberland County long-term care facilities, there 273 cases — 205 residents and 68 staffers — in seven facilities. A staffer at one Montour County facility has tested positive, while 22 residents and six staffers at one Snyder County facility and 12 residents and six staffers at five Union County facilities have tested positive.
The statewide total of cases is now 146,214 with Tuesday’s big increases coming from Centre and Philadelphia counties. Centre County reported an increase of 212 cases and Philadelphia is reporting a two-day increase of 197 cases. Philadelphia County did not release data on Monday. The state estimates 82 percent of patients have recovered.
Nine counties did not report any new cases on Tuesday.
Since the state started tracking cases, there have been 811 in Northumberland, 439 in Union, 224 in Snyder and 161 in Montour.
Six new deaths
Statewide, state health officials announced another six deaths linked to the novel coronavirus. None were in the Valley, which has seen 58 total deaths, 41 linked to long-term care facilities in Northumberland County. Across Pennsylvania, there have been 7,875 deaths, including 5,300 at nursing homes.
Of the Valley’s 58 deaths, 44 are in Northumberland County, six in Union, five in Montour and three in Snyder.
The number of people currently hospitalized with the coronavirus increased by nine on Tuesday to 483. The number of people on ventilators increased by two to 61. In the Valley, there are 20 patients being treated — eight at Geisinger in Danville, seven at Geisinger-Shamokin and five at Evangelical.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 21,993 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,787 cases among employees, for a total of 26,780 at 956 distinct facilities in 61 counties.
An outbreak among students forced Bloomsburg University to switch to a remote learning model in late August with a promised update by Sept. 21. On Tuesday, the school informed students they will continue with remote learning through the end of the semester, Nov. 24.
“We are making this decision because the safety and well-being of our campus community and our neighbors in the Town of Bloomsburg remain our highest priority,” said Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, in a statement to students. “While there has been a downward trend in positive COVID-19 cases within the BU community, we must remain vigilant in our battle against the spread of the virus.”
The school announced its first student cases, 10, on Aug. 19. The school now has 317 cumulative student cases and two cases among employees. According to the university website, 290 of the students and both employees have completed their isolation periods.
Rogers-Adkinson thanked the school’s faculty and staff for providing high-quality remote learning.