COVID-19

HARRISBURG — A revision in the numbers of patient deaths attributed to the coronavirus pandemic resulted in a reduction Monday in the total number of Indiana County residents who died from the infection.

According to statistics published on the Pennsylvania Department of Health website, four county residents had died from COVID-19. The health department on Friday and through the weekend listed the county death toll at six.

The death total was unchanged at noon today.

A health department spokeswoman said two victims who died while residents of Indiana County nursing homes are now listed in the death totals of the county where they resided before going into long-term care.

The Department of Health sourced the statistics to Pennsylvania National Electronic Disease Surveillance System and Pennsylvania Vital Records Program.

According to the website, 84 Indiana County residents have tested positive for coronavirus, a figure widely accepted as being fewer than the actual number of cases that would include those who experienced minor or no symptoms and were not tested for the infection.

The health department has added a new statistical category to its online reporting, showing that the COVID-19 death rate is 4.7 per 100,000 people in Indiana County.

Among neighboring counties, the per-capita death rates were shown at 3.1 for Armstrong County, 1.5 for Cambria County and 10.8 per 100,000 people in Westmoreland County. None were recorded in Jefferson or Clearfield  counties, according to the figures published Monday.