Yesterday Channellock in Meadville announced that they would be temporarily closing their factory until further notice after at least one of their employees tested positive for infection with the SARS CoV 2 virus. A post on their official Facebook page made yesterday afternoon said they are closing their doors because they take the health and safety of the workforce seriously. Statewide there was an increase of more than 1,600 cases being tracked by the Department of Health yesterday which brings the total to 16,239 known active cases of COVID-19 infections; 309 Pennsylvanians have succumbed to the disease and 134 people are confirmed to have recovered. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said on Tuesday that while the numbers surge this week the rate of infection is slowing down and warned Pennsylvanians not to become complacent with our efforts to prevent the spread of infection.
Locally the Pennsylvania Department of Health is tracking 29 cases of COVID-19 in Erie County, 27 in Mercer County, eight each in Clarion and Crawford Counties, five in Venango and Forest Counties, and one in Warren County. So far there have been no COVID-19 related deaths locally. Nearby Beaver County is so far the worst hit with 128 cases and 13 deaths.