Westmoreland County has seen 43 new coronavirus cases over the past two weeks, according to the latest update from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, an average of about three per day, as the county prepares for some of Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions to be lifted beginning Friday.

The county’s COVID-19 death toll has not increased since reaching 32 on May 7, according to information released by Westmoreland County Coroner Kenneth A. Bacha.

As of its last update at noon Sunday, the state Department of Health website indicated there had been 30 coronavirus deaths in Westmoreland County and 417 confirmed coronavirus cases in the county.

Bacha previously said numbers on the state Department of Health website for coronavirus deaths in Westmoreland County were lagging behind actual figures.

According to a map including information on coronavirus cases in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, available at health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx#map, the Latrobe ZIP code (15650) has the highest number of confirmed cases in Westmoreland County with 80, along with 501 negative tests as of Sunday’s update. The 15650 ZIP code includes the City of Latrobe, Youngstown Borough and parts of Unity, Cook and Derry townships.

Statewide, according to the Department of Health, there have been 56,611 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 3,707 coronavirus deaths as of Sunday’s update.

In an announcement that was issued April 11, the county coroner’s office indicated “The Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office will continue to be diligent and transparent in the accurate record keeping of the COVID-19 deaths. We will maintain a ‘live time’ total on the front page of our county website,” which can be found at www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/290/Coroner.

According to the coroner’s website, the coronavirus fatalities in Westmoreland County have been nearly evenly split between men and women, with 15 men and 17 women succumbing to the virus.

All 32 people who have died of the virus in the county have been white, according to the coroner’s site.

The oldest person who died of the virus in the county was 109 and the youngest was 61.

The majority of the county’s COVID-19 fatalities are linked to senior living communities, Bacha said.

According to the Department of Health, there have been 162 COVID-19 cases associated with nine nursing homes and personal care homes in Westmoreland County, and 27 of the 30 coronavirus deaths in Westmoreland County recorded by the state have been associated with such facilities. Of the cases associated with nursing homes or personal care facilities, 131 have involved residents and 31 staff members, according to state data.

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