Coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania are continuing a sharp upwards trend, with the commonwealth reporting 103 new cases since yesterday.
At its daily briefing, the state Department of Health reported 371 positive cases in 28 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. On Friday, the state reported 268 cases.
Department Secretary Rachel Levine also reported the state’s second death from the virus, a man in Allegheny County. The first reported death, earlier this week, was a man from Northampton County.
“There are now two deaths in Pennsylvania caused by this virus since we first detected it two weeks ago,” Levine said.
Locally, there are 11 cases in Cumberland County, four in Lancaster County, nine in York County, four in Adams County and two in Lebanon County. There still have been no confirmed cases in Dauphin County.
The two counties with the most cases are Montgomery County with 71 cases and Philadelphia County with 69 cases.
Testing statewide has ramped up significantly in recent days. The state today reported that a total of 3,869 patients have been tested, with 3,766 testing negative. That’s about 1,000 additional tests than were reported yesterday.
“We are still seeing an exponential rise of cases in Pennsylvania and the United States,” Levine said. “This virus is deadly, and we need to practice social distancing to minimize its impact.”
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.