Pennsylvania Health officials announced 1,258 COVID cases over the weekend and seven fatalities across the commonwealth. There were 24 new cases in the Valley on the first day the Department of Health announced two-days worth of data coming off a weekend.
There are two more COVID-19 cases within the Selinsgrove Area School District, superintendent Frank Jankowski said in an alert to the district community this afternoon.
According to a letter from Jankowski, there is one case in both the high and middle schools that are “household connected” and the students were “reported to be exposed over Labor Day weekend.”
Jankowski said neither student has been in a district building since exposure.
“Currently, we do not feel there has been any exposure to students or staff as a result of these two cases,” Jankowski said. “We do not anticipate any school-based contact tracing to warrant the need for anyone to quarantine. This is due to the timely response by the family and the fact that the students have not been physically at school since their exposure to COVID-19.”
During Monday night’s Selinsgrove school board meeting, Jankowski commended the family “for being proactive, even prior to any symptoms, knowing that they were potentially exposed they did keep the students home and took advantage of our distance learning option.”
Whether cases such as these are isolated in nature, or if they are connected is always a concern, Jankowski said. “If we feel there is a case that has the potential to be a larger issue to the community, we would react accordingly.
Selinsgrove also reported a positive case in its middle school last week.
Health officials announced Friday they would not release COVID-19 data on Sundays moving forward. Monday’s totals give the state 145,063 cases since the state began tracking data in March, including 1,611 in the Valley.
Philadelphia County’s cases are not included in today’s statewide total because of reporting delays by the county. The state reported there were 638 additional positive cases of COVID-19 on Sept. 13 and 620 additional positive cases of COVID-19 on Sept. 14.
On Monday, the state added one more death to Northumberland County, the 44th in the county. Of that total, 41 have been tied to long-term care facilities.
Over the weekend, there were 10 new cases in Union County, seven in Northumberland, six in Snyder and one in Montour. Since the state started tracking cases, there have been 806 in Northumberland, 435 in Union, 209 in Snyder and 161 in Montour.
There were 14 counties that did not report any new cases in the most recent data release.
Of the Valley’s 58 deaths, 44 are in Northumberland County, six in Union, five in Montour and three in Snyder. Statewide there have been 7,869 deaths, including 5,297 linked to long-term care facilities.
Of the Valley’s total cases, 307 are linked to 14 long-term care facilities. In Northumberland County long-term care facilities, there are 270 cases — 205 residents and 68 staffers — in seven facilities. Three more staffers were infected in the most recent data.
A staffer at one Montour County facility has tested positive, while 12 residents and three staffers at one Snyder County facility and 12 residents and six staffers at five Union County facilities have tested positive.
The number of people currently hospitalized with the coronavirus increased slightly over the weekend to 274, up two, and the number of people on ventilators decreased to 59. In the Valley, there are 19 patients being treated — eight at Geisinger in Danville, six at Geisinger-Shamokin and five at Evangelical.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 21,934 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,770 cases among employees, for a total of 26,704 at 951 distinct facilities in 61 counties.