Feb. 23—The number of new confirmed covid cases in the Penn-Trafford-Jeannette area dropped by about a third this week, with 19 new cases in the seven-day period ending Feb. 23 — down from 30 the week prior — according to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Since the pandemic began in March, the six ZIP codes covering most of the three communities have seen a total of 1,699 confirmed cases as of Feb. 23, up from 1,680 on Feb. 16.
Residents of these six ZIP codes have taken a total of 9,418 coronavirus tests, 18% of which were positive. Since Feb. 16, 129 test results have been reported, 14.7% of which were positive.
The breakdown of cases by ZIP code is:
— Jeannette, ZIP code 15644: 912 confirmed cases, 9 new cases this week, 471 probable cases, 4,303 negative test results
— Trafford, ZIP code 15085: 399 confirmed cases, six new cases this week, 160 probable cases, 1,798 negative test results
— Harrison City: ZIP code 15636, 216 confirmed cases, two new cases this week, 94 probable cases, 872 negative test results
— Manor, ZIP code 15665: 91 confirmed cases, no new cases this week, 47 probable cases, 316 negative test results
— Penn Borough, ZIP code 15675: 43 confirmed cases, one new case this week, 32 probable cases, 213 negative test results
— Claridge, ZIP code 15623: 38 confirmed cases, one new case this week, 10 probable cases, 217 negative test results
A significant portion of Penn Township is grouped under the Irwin 15642 ZIP code. That ZIP code has seen a total of 2,587 confirmed cases, up 52 from the week prior.
Penn-Trafford School District has reported a total of 128 covid cases since the school year began, with no new cases being reported in the last week.
Westmoreland County has had a total of 18,730 confirmed cases, 7,699 probable cases, 666 covid deaths and 85,650 negative tests since the start of the pandemic.
A large spike in cases in the county began in September and peaked Dec. 10 with 747 positive cases in a single day. Case counts have been declining steadily, but remain above pre-September levels.
Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, email@example.com or via Twitter .