Coronavirus

COUDERSPORT — Potter County has its first confirmed case of the coronavirus, the Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed at noon today, March 20.

UMPC also confirmed to this newspaper that it has received a confirmed positive diagnosis of COVID-19 from the department of health.

“We continue to work with public health authorities as we guide this patient on self-isolation and symptom management at home,” Amber Depew, director of corporate communications for UPMC Susquehanna, wrote in a statement to the Potter Leader-Enterprise.

This specific case does not require hospitalization.

“This case does not require hospitalization, and, if that changes, we are ready to accept this patient to our facilities using infection prevention protocols that will protect the health of our other patients, along with visitors and staff,” Depew wrote.

“The communities we serve can be reassured that UPMC facilities are safe and staff are well-equipped and trained to properly care for any patient with COVID-19,” Depew wrote.

As of noon Monday, March 23, there were 644 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Pennsylvania. There were none confirmed in McKean, Warren, Elk, Cameron, Tioga or Bradford counties as of noon Monday.County-specific information and a statewide map are available here.

This article will be updated online as more information becomes available.