Data: COVID-19 cases continue to fall in Warren County
The impact of the Labor Day weekend, a holiday that has concerned state health officials, on efforts to slow the COVID-19 virus will not be known for a few days, but the reports over the weekend showed a continued decline in cases in Warren County.
Over the 3-day weekend, the state reported 13 overall new cases and one virus-related death. The state also reported that a death reported in the county earlier during the pandemic had been counted twice. With those new figures, the county has now seen 1,341 cases of COVID-19 and 46 deaths.
But those figures have only helped push the number of active cases and one-week daily averages to their lowest figures in months.
As of Tuesday, the county had an estimated 35 active cases. That is the lowest number of active cases reported since there were 45 cases on June 1.
Tuesday’s report of zero new cases showed the county had recorded just 3.9 new cases over the past seven days. That’s the lowest daily average since the county reported 3.3 new cases per day on the week ending June 2.
While admittedly the figures reported over a weekend have normally been lower as testing results and reporting slow over the weekend, made even slower likely by the 3-day holiday weekend, the figures are still tremendously positive.
Since the county recorded a daily record of new cases on Aug. 8, when 56 new cases were reported, each week has seen a steady, consistent decline.
In looking at each week, ending in a Sunday, the county has seen a drop in three of the past four weeks. On Aug. 9, the county reported 18.4 new cases per day over the previous week. On Aug. 16, that number dropped to 12.3 cases. It again dropped on Aug. 23, when 9.4 new cases per day had been reported.
On Aug. 30, the county saw a slight uptick to 9.7 but saw those numbers dropped again to 4.0 this past Sunday.
This weekend also marked the eighth weekend since the city and county issued mask mandates, requiring face coverings in all businesses and public buildings. Both the city and the county have extended those orders through at least Oct. 5.