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Huntingdon County Pandemic Spike

In the early months of the pandemic, Huntingdon County saw its case counts climb due to an outbreak at SCI Huntingdon.

EMA Director Joe Thompson says there are outbreaks in three facilities. He says Westminster Woods and Aristacare in Huntingdon are reporting single digit cases. The larger outbreak is happening at Aristacare Woodland in Orbisonia
where Thompson says more than 60 staff and residents have tested positive.

Totals from the Department Of Health show 109 resident cases, 24 employee cases and three deaths in Huntingdon County’s long term care facilities to date.

Sather says county emergency management is in constant contact with those locations making sure they’re following proper protocol and providing support.
Sather tells me the county is also seeing spread within the community, prompting them to revert back to protocols from March and April.

Sather says county staff have been placed on a rotating two week schedule to cut down on contact within buildings. He says if one department is exposed to the virus, the schedules protect the entire office from exposure. Now
those offices will remain open and Sather wants businesses to stay open as well. He’s encouraging residents to do their part.

“We know we’ve taken the appropriate steps and it does go back to individual responsibility. So knowing that that’s in place we are learning what needs to be done.“

We have been trying to get more details on the outbreaks within those three Huntingdon County long term care facilities. I reached out to administrators from each of those facilities and I have not heard back.

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