Pennsylvania today reported one additional coronavirus-related death, as confirmed cases continued to surge across the commonwealth.
The state Department of Health today said that a man in Montgomery County has died. Last week, the department reported the deaths of man in Northampton County and another in Allegheny County.
“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.
In all, 644 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the commonwealth, an increase of 165 people since yesterday, according to the department.
Locally, one positive case has been reported in Dauphin County, 12 in Cumberland County, five in Lancaster County, three in Lebanon County, 10 in York County and six in Adams County.
Statewide, 34 counties have now reported COVID-19 cases, one more than yesterday.
Testing statewide continued to surge. The health department said today that a total of 7,239 people had been tested for the coronavirus, with the far majority, 6,595, testing negative. Yesterday, the state reported 5,443 tests.
This morning, the state police also began enforcing restrictions mandating the closure of physical locations of businesses considered “non life-sustaining.”
In other related news, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today extended the closing of all state parks until April 30.
This closure applies to campgrounds, cabins and accommodations. Parks will continue to be available to the public for “passive and dispersed recreation, such as hiking,” according to DCNR.
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.