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Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: Five new presumptive cases, including in a new county


There are five new presumptive cases of the coronavirus in Pennsylvania, the state’s Department of Health announced Thursday, bringing the total number to 19 presumptive cases and 2 confirmed.

Here is the breakdown by county:

• Bucks (2)
• Delaware (1)
• Monroe (2)
• Montgomery (13)
• Northampton (1)
• Philadelphia (1)
• Wayne (1)

The new cases are in Northampton, which previously did not have any cases, and four more cases in Montgomery.

Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold:

• Through the air by coughing or sneezing.

• Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.

• Touching an object or surface with the virus on it.

• Occasionally, fecal contamination.

Protect yourself by:

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

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

Symptoms can include:

• Fever.

• Cough.

• Shortness of breath.