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Total COVID-19 cases approach 20,000 in PA; new cases fewer than yesterday

Nearly 20,000 Pennsylvanians have now tested positive for COVID-19, as the state reported 1,751 new positive cases today.

The state Department of Health said 19,979 residents have been diagnosed with the illness since the outbreak began in early March.

Today’s new-case figure is notably lower than yesterday’s 1,989 new cases.

The commonwealth, though, reported that 78 more people have died from the disease, bringing the statewide total to 416 fatalities.

Locally, Lancaster County now has 21 COVID-19-related fatalities, four more than yesterday, and Lebanon and Adams counties reported their first fatalities. Deaths in other midstate counties were unchanged: three in York County, two in Cumberland and Dauphin counties and one in Perry County.

“Now more than ever, as we continue to see COVID-19 cases and deaths rise in Pennsylvania, we need Pennsylvanians to take action,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Those actions should be to stay calm, stay home and stay safe.”

The virus now has spread to all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

Locally, Dauphin County now has 199 confirmed cases, 19 more than yesterday. Cumberland County has 96 cases, Lancaster County has 648 cases, York County has 283 cases, Lebanon County has 218 cases, Adams County has 43 cases and Perry County has 16 cases.

Philadelphia County continues to have the most confirmed cases in the state with 5,521 cases, followed by Montgomery County with 1,889 cases. The two counties also have reported the most deaths from the disease: 110 and 50, respectively.

Statewide, 113,019 coronavirus tests have been performed, with 93,040 people testing negative, according to the state health department. Yesterday, the state reported that 105,602 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:

  • Less than 1 percent are aged 0-4
  • Nearly 1 percent are aged 5-12
  • 1 percent are aged 13-18
  • Nearly 7 percent are aged 19-24
  • 41 percent are aged 25-49
  • 29 percent are aged 50-64
  • Nearly 21 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.

“If you must go out, please limit it to as few trips as possible and wear a mask to protect not only yourself, but other people as well,” Levine said. “We need all Pennsylvanians to heed these efforts to protect our vulnerable Pennsylvanians, and also our healthcare workers and frontline responders.”

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.

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