POTTER COUNTY — Confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise and impact Potter County.
Alanna Huck, superintendent of the Galeton Area School District announced Monday that the district buildings would be closed and students would move to remote learning until Monday, Nov. 16.
“The time this week will be used to deep clean the building. Please be reminded COVID spreads very quickly as evidenced by the uptick in cases this weekend,” Huck wrote in a letter to the community. No cases have been reported in the district, she confirmed to the Potter Leader-Enterprise.
“Be sure to wear your masks, wash your hands and to stay away from large gatherings. I know this is very difficult to do but for the health of our community, please take this week to socially distance and to fight back against this virus,” she wrote.
Coudersport Area School District has reported two cases, both in the high school, on Oct. 27 and Nov. 4. A case was also reported at the CTC center on Nov. 10.
Northern Potter School District has reported two cases within the district, Superintendent Nate Jones confirmed. Two staff members were reported as positive cases Nov. 6 and Nov. 10.
With the second case, two other staff members who were in close contact with the positive case and quarantining for 14 days.
“I want the community to be aware that there are pending COVID-19 cases among staff and students within the district,” Jones wrote in a letter to the district. “We have started the contact tracing process while those individuals wait for the results of their COVID-19 test.”
The number of close contacts to an individual who has tested positive will determine if Northern Potter continues in-person learning, he wrote.
Oswayo Valley School District is holding a two-day “virtual test run” in case the district would have to shut down due to COVID-19. More information can be found at http://oswayovalley.com/wordpress.
As of Wednesday, Potter County had 84 total COVID-19 cases; 79 cases are confirmed, five are probable. 1,614 negative tests have been administered and one death has been reported.
Of the 84 cases, 32 were reported in the last 14 days; since Nov. 1, 26 confirmed cases have been recorded.
Thirty-two cases are recorded in Coudersport, 17 in Shinglehouse, eight in both Roulette and Genesee, seven in Galeton, five in Harrison Valley, and between 1-4 each in Ulysses and Austin.
McKean County has 227 total cases; 178 are confirmed and 49 are probable. 5,815 negative tests have been done and two deaths have been reported. Seventy-nine of the total 227 cases have been reported in the previous 14 days; since Nov. 1, 58 have been reported.
Statewide, there were 4,711 additional positive cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 243,368. This is the highest daily increase of cases.
The level of community transmission identifies the current level of community transmission of COVID-19 (low, moderate or substantial) in each of Pennsylvania’s counties, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
For the week ending Nov. 6, Tioga County is listed as substantial for the second week in a row. Potter is listed as moderate for the second week in a row. McKean is listed as moderate for the fourth week in a row.
This information may be used as a basis for Pre-K to 12 schools to determine instructional models during COVID-19. In moderate, a blended learning model or full remote learning model is recommended. In substantial, a full remote learning model is recommended.
The table is updated weekly on Mondays and reflects COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard data from the most recent 7-day reporting period. It can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.
The statewide percent-positivity went up to 6.9% from 6.1% last week, according to the state’s Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard Update for Oct. 30 — Nov. 5. Counties with concerning percent-positivity include Tioga, which is at 7.8%. Potter County’s percent-positivity is 4.8%. McKean County’s is 3.3%.The Department of Health also updated its travel recommendations, originally announced on July 2, adding Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia and Massachusetts to the list and removing Louisiana from the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. In addition, the state added several neighboring states (New Jersey, Ohio and West Virginia) to a list of bordering states in which non-essential travel is highly discouraged.