Lack­awanna, Mon­roe coun­ties re­port new COVID-19 deaths


The seven-county North­east Penn­syl­va­nia re­gion recorded two COVID-19 deaths in a sin­gle day Wed­nes­day for the sec­ond time in five days, ac­cord­ing to the state Depart­ment of Health.

That’s only the sec­ond time that’s oc­curred in a five­day pe­riod since late July. Sin­gle deaths oc­curred in Lack­awanna and Mon­roe coun­ties with Mon­roe re­port­ing a new death for the fourth day in a row.

The re­gion also had two re­ported deaths on Sun­day. The last time two in a sin­gle day were re­ported twice in a five-day pe­riod was Sept. 2 and 5. Be­fore that, it was July 21 and 22.

The two lo­cal deaths were among 17 re­ported statewide and raised the state toll to 8,079. There have been 607 deaths in Lack­awanna, Luzerne, Mon­roe, Pike,

Susque­hanna, Wayne and Wy­oming coun­ties.

Statewide, the Depart­ment of Health re­ported 853 new pos­i­tive tests for the virus, in­clud­ing 25 in North­east Penn­syl­va­nia.

So far, 153,397 peo­ple have tested pos­i­tive across the state with 9,430 in the lo­cal coun­ties.

In the lo­cal coun­ties:

Lack­awanna had seven new cases for 2,424 to­tal, 71 probable. The new death pushed the county to­tal to 217.

Luzerne added 10 cases for 4,060 to­tal, 116 probable, and re­mained at 189 deaths.

Mon­roe added five cases for 1,785 to­tal, 46 probable. The new death raised the county’s to­tal to 133.

Pike added one case for 572 to­tal, 25 probable, and re­mained at 22 deaths.

Susque­hanna re­mained at 293 cases, nine probable, and 28 deaths.

Wayne added one case for 223 to­tal, 10 probable, and re­mained at 10 deaths.

Wy­oming added one case for 73 to­tal, three probable, and re­mained at eight deaths. The new case was the county’s first since Sept. 12.

Con­tact the writer: bkrawcze­niuk @timessham­; 570-348-9147; @Bo­rys­blogtt on Twit­ter

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