Pennsylvania says the number of new COVID infections last week was 18,252 while 412 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to the virus bringing the death toll in the Commonwealth to 24,026.

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One Northern Tier county is reporting no additional deaths from COVID-19 over the past week but Bradford and Wayne Counties both reported growing death tolls.

Bradford County had 125 new cases for a total of 4,395 cases and three additional deaths for a total of 78. Susquehanna County had 35 new cases for the week for a total of 1,702 and no additional deaths. 53 residents of Susquehanna County have beeb lost to the pandemic to-date, while Wayne County reported one additional death for a total of 66 and 89 new cases for the week for a pandemic total of 3,056 cases.

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With the improving infection rate again this week, Governor Tom Wolf announced March 1 that restrictions on large gatherings were being eased.

Outdoor venues, no matter their set occupancy, are now allowed to host events up to 20% of their maximum capacity.  For indoor venues, no matter their size, they are now allowed to host gatherings at 15%.

Pennsylvania is also doing away with the requirement that people entering from other states be tested negative for COVID-19.

Officials are also looking into plans to speed up the vaccination of teachers.

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