Bradford, Tioga counties in PA on State’s List of ‘Substantial’ COVID Test Rates

Bradford and Tioga counties in Northern Tier of Pennsyvania remain on the state’s list of counties with “substantial transmission status” or high positivity rates of COVID-19 testing results, according to weekly data released Monday by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
“It is quite clear that COVID-19 cases are occurring throughout our communities,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “We need all Pennsylvanians to take a stand and answer the call to protect one another. We need Pennsylvanians to be united in wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing our hands and avoiding gatherings. It is only by working together that Pennsylvanians can prevent the spread of the virus.”
Bradford County had a positivity rate of 12.1 percent — the sixth highest rate in the state, as of November 5. Tioga’s rate was 7.8 percent — among the highest 20 rates among Pennsylvania’s counties. Bedford County — about 100 miles west of Harrisburg with a population of 49,700 people — had the highest positivity rate at 17.8 percent; the overall positive test rate for  Pennsylvania was 6.9 percent. 
In all, Bradford County has accumulated a total of 1,048 cases since mid-March. Tioga’s total is 317 confirmed cases.
The level of community transmission identifies the current level of community transmission of COVID-19 (low, moderate, or substantial) in each of Pennsylvania’s counties. The information may be used as a basis for Pre-K to 12 schools to determine instructional models during COVID-19, according to the state health department.