Crawford County looks to be on target to reach one of the benchmarks set by the state to open up the area for activity.
Based on 2019 Census data and cases the state has confirmed within the last two weeks, Crawford County remains below the maximum of 50 new cases per 100,000 residents. No more than 50 cases per 100,000 people (or 1 per every 2,000 people) is the threshold set by the state as one the targets for potentially reopening.
Because Crawford County's population is below 100,000, it actually could have no more than 42 new cases in a two-week period. Crawford County's no-more-than 42 new cases during a two-week period is based on the U.S. Census Bureau's 2019 population estimate of 84,629 for Crawford County.
From April 11 through Friday, Crawford County only has had four new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported, according to state officials.
Meanwhile, there were no new confirmed cases in the county reported Friday and the county's total confirmed case count remains at 19.
Meadville Medical Center reported five addition tests conducted between Thursday and Friday, bringing its total number of tests to 472. Of that total, 436 have returned as negative, 14 positive (two were Ohio residents) and 22 are pending.
Earlier this week, MMC reported that nine patients who previously had tested positive for COVID-19 have been cleared to resume normal activities.
Regionally, the department of health is reporting that Erie County has 72 cases, Venango County is at seven cases, Mercer County is at 64 and Warren County is at one.
State sees jump
Pennsylvania saw its largest increase since April 18 with 1,599 new cases.
Health officials confirmed another 70 deaths related directly to the novel coronavirus on Friday. The Department of Health has now confirmed 1,492 deaths.
More than 38,600 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and there are 147,491 patients who have tested negative statewide.
For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in a couple of weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are at higher risk of more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.