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State reports 1,116 new COVID-19 cases; lowest daily fatality count in weeks

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Daily COVID-19 case data remained in line with a two-week trend, as the state Department of Health today reported 1,116 new cases.

The new positives bring the commonwealth’s total to 41,165 cases since the pandemic began in Pennsylvania in early March. About 21 percent of all tests performed in the state have turned out positive for the virus.

Pennsylvania hit a daily high for cases on April 9, when the state reported 1,989 new cases. Since then, most days have seen new cases range between 1,000 and 1,500.

Locally, total diagnosed cases are as follows:

  • Adams County: 117 cases (yesterday, 113)
  • Cumberland County: 267 cases (yesterday, 250)
  • Dauphin County: 519 cases (yesterday, 492)
  • Franklin County: 205 cases (yesterday, 181)
  • Lancaster County: 1,577 cases (yesterday, 1,501)
  • Lebanon County: 612 cases (yesterday, 592)
  • Perry County: 26 cases (yesterday, 26)
  • York County: 593 cases (yesterday, 578)

“As we see the number of new COVID-19 cases continuously change across the state that does not mean we can stop practicing social distancing,” said Secretary of Health Rachel Levine.

According to the health department, 13 more residents have died from the disease, the lowest daily fatality count in weeks. This brings the number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 to 1,550 since the pandemic started.

Around central PA, the COVID-19 fatality data now is as follows:

  • Adams County: 1 death (yesterday, 1)
  • Cumberland County: 8 deaths (yesterday, 8)
  • Dauphin County: 18 deaths (yesterday, 18)
  • Franklin County: 2 deaths (yesterday, 1)
  • Lancaster County: 74 deaths (yesterday, 74)
  • Lebanon County: 7 deaths (yesterday, 7)
  • Perry County: 1 death (yesterday, 1)
  • York County: 8 deaths (yesterday, 8)

Philadelphia County continues to have the most confirmed cases with 11,152 cases, followed by Montgomery County with 3,733 cases. The two counties also have reported the most deaths statewide from the disease: 272 and 217, respectively.

Nursing homes and personal care facilities have been particularly hard hit by the virus. Out of total deaths, 952, or about 61 percent, have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities, according to the health department.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 6,813 resident cases of COVID-19 and 822 cases among employees, for a total of 7,635 at 431 distinct facilities in 40 counties, according to the health department.

Statewide, 198,593 coronavirus tests have been performed, with 157,428 people testing negative, according to the state health department. Yesterday, the state reported that 192,935 people had been tested for the virus.

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 6 percent are aged 19-24
  • Nearly 38 percent are aged 25-49
  • Nearly 27 percent are aged 50-64
  • Nearly 26 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.

“We must continue to stay home to protect ourselves, our families and our community,” Levine said. “If you must go out, please make as few trips as possible and wear a mask to protect not only yourself, but others. We need all Pennsylvanians to continue to heed these efforts to protect our vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our health care workers and frontline responders.”

For more information, visit the PA Department of Health’s COVID-19 website.

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