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COVID numbers improve

COVID-19 metrics for the six local counties are generally far better now than a month ago in terms of new cases and the percentage of tests that are positive, according to Friday’s update of the state’s early warning dashboard.

The numbers are best in Blair, Cambria and Clearfield.

They’re a little less favorable in Bedford and Centre counties and least favorable in Huntingdon — where the numbers are actually worse than a month ago.

In Blair County this week, there was only one new confirmed case, down from 44 a month ago. And the positivity rate was 0.2 percent, down from 3 percent a month ago.

Similarly, in Cambria County this week, there were only three new confirmed cases, down from 49 a month ago. Cambria’s positivity is now at 0.8 percent, down from 3.2 percent.

Clearfield County had four new confirmed cases this week, down from 26 a month ago. Positivity was at 1.4 percent, down from 5 percent.

Ten new cases were recorded in Bedford County this week, down from 15 a month ago, while positivity was at 1.7 percent, down from 4.7 percent.

Centre County had 12 new cases this week, four fewer than a month ago. Positivity was at 1.4 percent, down from 1.8 percent.

By contrast, Huntingdon County had 15 new cases this week, five more than a month ago. Positivity this week is 3.7 percent, up from 2.2 percent.

While only Huntingdon County’s numbers were worse this week than a month ago, some metrics were trending in the wrong direction.

Both Centre’s and Huntingdon’s new case counts were up by eight from last week, while Bedford’s new case count was up by seven.

The numbers this week for Pennsylvania as a whole are much better than they were a month ago.

This week, there were 859 new cases in the state, down from 2,899 a month ago. And this week, the positivity was 1.1 percent, down from 2.9 percent.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 814-949-7038.

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