Regional COVID-19 deaths spike, but trends remain better

Borys Krawczeniuk, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.
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Feb. 23—The last day saw another 12 COVID-19-related deaths recorded in seven-county Northeast Pennsylvania region, but long-term trends in the virus' spread continue to look better.

The new deaths raised the regional total to 1,602 and mostly represented the usual weekend reporting lag factoring into the numbers. The two-week death total remained about the same as Monday.

Statewide, another 97 deaths raised that total to 23,711 with the two-week total declining again, the state Department of Health reported today.

The region — Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties — added another 184 cases, moving past the 56,000 mark to 56,008.

The state added 2,830 cases for 917,848 total. The regional and state two-week totals also declined again.

Locally:

Lackawanna added 41 cases for 13,670 total, including 2,025 probable. Three new deaths raised the county total to 413 deaths.

Luzerne added 50 cases for 24,593 total, including 1,779 probable. Six new deaths raised the county total to 720.

Monroe added 53 cases for 9,488 total, including 240 probable. One new death raised the county total to 263.

Pike added 13 cases for 2,450 total, including 202 probable. One new death raised the county total to 47.

Susquehanna added 14 cases for 1,681 total, including 187 probable, and remained at 53 deaths.

Wayne added 11 cases for 2,978 total, including 256 probable. One new death raised the county total to 66.

Wyoming added two cases for 1,148 total, including 193 probable, and remained at 40 deaths.

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