Pennsylvania’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surged again today, with the commonwealth reporting 83 new cases.
In its daily update, the state Department of Health reported a total of 268 cases in 26 of the commonwealth’s 67 counties, up from 185 cases yesterday.
“Our notable increase in cases over the last few days indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said.
Locally, Dauphin County still has not reported its first case.
Elsewhere in central Pennsylvania, there are 11 confirmed cases in Cumberland County, two in Lancaster County, six in York County, four in Adams County and one in Lebanon County.
The state continues to report one death from the virus, a man in Northampton County.
The state said that it has tested a total of 2,842 patients, with 2,574 testing negative.
Levine continued to emphasize that Pennsylvanians should do the following:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
- Clean surfaces frequently.
- Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
“Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe,” Levine said. “We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”
For more information, visit the PA Department of Health’s COVID-19 website.