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Coronavirus cases in Middletown area up almost 60 percent in a week, according to state

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There are now 27 confirmed coronavirus cases in the 17057 ZIP code, the Middletown area, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Sunday.

That’s only one case more than Saturday but is 10 more than a week ago — an increase of almost 59 percent. 

There were 17 total on Monday, the first day the Department of Health released ZIP code-specific numbers of coronavirus cases across the state; 18 on Tuesday; 19 on Wednesday; 21 on Thursday; 23 on Friday; and 26 total on Saturday.

For the 17057 ZIP code, there have been 167 negative tests, 8 more than Saturday.

Positive cases includes all people who have been confirmed to have a positive nucleic acid test for the virus that causes COVID-19. This number does not include people who are considered probable cases on the basis of symptoms, exposure or other factors only.

The 17057 ZIP code includes Middletown and Royalton and almost all of Lower Swatara and Londonderry townships. It has a total population of about 23,000 people.

• For the 17033 ZIP code, the Hershey area, there are 36 positive tests, the same as the previous day, and 180 negative, 8 more than the previous day.

• For the 17036 ZIP code, the Hummelstown area, there are 30 positive tests, 1 more than the previous day, and 271 negative, 7 more than the previous day.

• For the 17022 ZIP code, the Elizabethtown area, there are 30 positive tests, 3 more than the previous day, and 312 negative, 3 more than the previous day.

• For the 17034 ZIP code, the Highspire area, there are 1 to 4 cases (the state does not specify the exact number when less than 4 for patient privacy) and 15 negative tests, 3 more than the previous day.

• For the 17502 ZIP code, the Bainbridge area just across the Lancaster County line, there are 1 to 4 cases (the state does not specify the exact number when less than 4 for patient privacy) and 22 negative tests, 3 more than the previous day.

Dauphin County has 519 cases overall and 18 deaths. Lancaster County has 1,577 overall cases and 74 deaths.