PENNSYLVANIA'S #1 WEEKLY NEWSPAPER • locally owned since 1854

Coronavirus cases: Another big jump in Pennsylvania numbers, 4 more counties on list

Posted

For the second straight day, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state took a huge jump, going from 185 to 268, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced at noon today.

That's an increase of 83 cases, which followed an increase of 52 cases the previous day. The first — and so far only — announced death from COVID-19 in the state was announced Wednesday. It was a man from Northampton County whose mother and sister also passed away from the coronavirus in New Jersey — Carmine Fusco, 55.

York County increased to 6 cases from 2 in numbers released today.

There are still no cases in Dauphin County, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. However, Lower Swatara Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Bob Furlong said Wednesday night during the township's Board of Commissioners meeting that he heard there is one case in the county, stemming from the U.S. Courthouse in Harrisburg.

Cases have been reported in 26 counties, up from 22 on Thursday. Centre County has its first case, along with Erie, Franklin and Potter.

Notable increases: Montgomery County went up by 12 cases to 59, and Allegheny went from 16 to 28. Delaware went from 14 to 23, and Philadelphia from 33 to 42. Chester went from 10 to 17, Northampton from 5 to 10, and Monroe from 15 to 19.

Counties impacted to date include:

• Adams (4)

• Allegheny (28)

• Beaver (3)

• Berks (5)

• Bucks (16)

• Centre (1)

• Chester (17)

• Cumberland (11)

• Delaware (23)

• Erie (1)

• Franklin (1)

• Lackawanna (4)

• Lancaster (2)

• Lebanon (1)

• Lehigh (2)

• Luzerne (2)

• Monroe (19)

• Montgomery (59)

• Northampton (10)

• Philadelphia (42)

• Pike (2)

• Potter (1)

• Washington (3)

• Wayne (1)

• Westmoreland (4)

• York (6)

There have been 2,574 negative tests for the coronavirus.

The Department of Health continues to stress the following:

• Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands.

• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cellphones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
• Contain: If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.