The number of new COVID-19 cases has experienced its greatest one-day jump yet, with 207 new cases reported throughout Pennsylvania.
The state Department of Health today said that positive cases jumped to 851 from 644 on Monday.
The state also has reported seven deaths from the virus—two in Northampton County, two in Allegheny County and one each in Montgomery, Monroe and Lackawanna counties.
“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.
The virus has now spread to 40 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, up from 34 counties yesterday.
Just as the state has seen a surge in confirmed cases, so too have local jurisdictions. Locally, Dauphin County now has four confirmed cases, Cumberland County has 13 cases, Lancaster County has 10 cases, York County has 18 cases, Lebanon County has three cases and Adams County has six cases.
Statewide, Philadelphia County has reported the most cases, with 177, followed by Montgomery County with 144.
Statewide, 9,494 coronavirus tests have been performed, with 8,643 testing negative, according to the state health department. Yesterday, the state reported that 7,239 people had been tested for the virus.
On the first day of enforcement on Monday, the Pennsylvania State Police said they had issued 27 warnings to “non life-sustaining” businesses that had not followed Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to close their physical locations.
“As expected, we found the overwhelming majority of people and businesses across the commonwealth are voluntarily complying with the order and doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Col. Robert Evanchick, state police commissioner. “This process is two phased beginning with warnings to gain voluntary compliance, followed by enforcement as necessary.”
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.
For more information, visit the PA Department of Health’s COVID-19 website.