Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 caseload took another jump today, as the commonwealth reported almost 1,500 new positive cases.
The state Department of Health today said that 1,493 additional Pennsylvanians have tested positive for the coronavirus since yesterday.
That number is lower than yesterday, when 1,597 new cases were reported.
The number of positive cases now totals 11,510 since the disease was first detected in PA about a month ago.
The health department also reported another 14 deaths, meaning that 150 people have died from the disease statewide.
Locally, Lancaster County now has eight fatalities, three more than yesterday. The death toll in other midstate counties was unchanged: two in Cumberland County and one each in Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry and York counties.
“The continued rise in cases combined with our increasing deaths from COVID-19 reflects the seriousness of this situation,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said.
The virus has now spread to 65 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.
Locally, Dauphin County now has 118 confirmed cases, Cumberland County has 58 cases, Lancaster County has 371 cases, York County has 171 cases, Lebanon County has 106 cases, Adams County has 22 cases and Perry County has five cases.
Philadelphia County continues to have the most confirmed cases with 3,135 cases, followed by Montgomery County with 1,111 cases.
Statewide, 77,771 coronavirus tests have been performed, with 66,261 people testing negative, according to the state health department. Yesterday, the state reported that 70,030 people had been tested for the virus.
“We need everyone to listen to the orders in place and to stay calm, stay home and stay safe,” Levine said. “We know that these prolonged mitigation effects have been difficult for everyone, but it is essential that everyone follows these orders and does not go out unless they absolutely must.”
Of the patients who have tested positive to date, the age breakdown is as follows, according to the health department:
- Nearly 1 percent are aged 0-4
- Nearly 1 percent are aged 5-12
- 1 percent are aged 13-18
- Nearly 8 percent are aged 19-24
- 42 percent are aged 25-49
- Nearly 29 percent are aged 50-64
- Nearly 20 percent are aged 65 or older.
Most of the patients hospitalized are 65 or older, as are most of the reported deaths, according to the state. There have been no pediatric deaths to date.
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.