Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania have jumped by more than one-third, the largest one-day increase since the epidemic started.
The state Department of Health reported today that 37 additional cases have been identified since yesterday, including the first two cases in York County. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 133 throughout the commonwealth.
Late today, the state confirmed the first death in Pennsylvania due to the coronavirus, a hospitalized adult from Northampton County. All other patients are either in the hospital or in isolation at home, according to the health department.
“Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.
Montgomery County has reported the most cases, with 42. In central Pennsylvania, Cumberland County has reported 10 cases, the same as yesterday, in addition to the two new cases in York County.
So far, no cases have been confirmed in Dauphin County.
According to the state Department of Health, 1,320 people have been tested for COVID-19, with 1,187 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.
“We have seen case counts continue to increase, and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is stay home,” Levine said.
For more information, visit the PA Department of Health’s novel coronavirus website.
This story has been revised to include the first reported virus-related death in Pennsylvania.