With COVID-19 cases “holding steady” in Wyoming County, its Emergency Management Agency director reminded residents not to steer off course.
“I am not aware of any cases in our long-term care facilities, which is great. We’re seeing right now maybe a case a week,” Wyoming County EMA Director Gene Dziak said. “Not to take it lightly in any way, shape or form, but I think Wyoming County is holding steady.”
As of Tuesday at noon, Wyoming County had 67 confirmed and three probable cases, with 2,459 tests returning negative. There have been eight deaths to date.
Dziak said three cases which weren’t supposed to be tagged as Wyoming County have been moved to their respective counties. This isn’t the first time numbers have fluctuated, as the Pennsylvania Department of Health regularly reconciles case counts, he added.
When looking online to see the number of confirmed cases locally, he encouraged people to look at the whole number rather than the counts by zip code because some overlap with surrounding counties.
For instance, he said the 18615 zip code extends into Luzerne County.
“If people are looking at zip codes, that’s not a real good indicator of the amount of cases we have,” he said.
Dziak said to keep case counts from spiking, people should continue wearing face masks while practicing social distancing in public, especially with schools reopening.
The Tunkhannock Area School District reopens today with students in kindergarten through sixth grade receiving daily in-person instruction. Meanwhile, grades seven through 12, split into alternating halves, will have two days in school and three days online.
The Lackawanna Trail School District brings all K-12 students back to its buildings tomorrow.
“Both schools have a plan to open and we’re going to just have to see where this goes,” Dziak said.