BUTLER, Pa. (WPMG) – As Pennsylvania reaches nearly 5,000 positive SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19) cases, Butler County health officials confirmed two total deaths as a result of the virus.
As WPMG learned of the two total deaths in Butler County, our staff also learned that a part-time employee that works at Concordia Lutheran Ministries had tested positive for COVID-19.
Butler County’s first death was 81-year-old Bill Slater, a prominent community leader for the county. Slater was a firefighter, councilman, church elder, school bus driver, and a valued person that helped put on the North Washington Rodeo yearly.
Slater perished at Butler Memorial Hospital on Friday, according to the Butler Health System.
Reportedly, nine patients have been admitted to the hospital, four of which are confined to the intensive care unit (ICU).
Community businesses and members have been donating respirators and other personal protective equipment (PPE) according to an official Facebook post.