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Dauphin County sees coronavirus deaths up by 5 for second straight day; Pa.'s total tops 5,000

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed 725 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 66,983 in all 67 counties.

That’s about a 1.1 percent increase from the previous day, one of the smallest increases since the beginning of the pandemic.

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The state also reported 112 new deaths, for 5,096 total, in 54 counties.

The Department of Health is now reporting the number of recovered cases. It says 59 percent of those who tested positive have recovered. Individuals who have recovered is determined using a calculation, similar to what is being done by several other states. If a case has not been reported as a death, and it is more than 30 days past the date of their first positive test (or onset of symptoms), then an individual is considered recovered, according to the department’s website.

The highest one-day increase in total cases statewide remains 1,989 on April 9.

Dauphin County’s death total went up by 5 again Saturday, for the second straight day, to 62.

Because of changes in the way the state is reporting on cases and deaths at nursing homes and personal care homes, it is not known exactly how many deaths are in the facilities. It is at least 26 deaths but no more than 29. It’s death rate per 100,000 residents is 22.4.

Dauphin County has 1,061 total cases, up from 1,049 on Friday.

The Department of Health is now providing the number of cases, number of employee cases and number of deaths that have occurred at each nursing homes and personal care facility. For facilities with less than five in any of these categories, the information is redacted because of patient privacy.

Only three Dauphin County facilities reported cases Friday. Numbers were not updated Saturday:

• Spring Creek Rehab & Nursing Center, 1205 S. 28th St., Harrisburg: 187 resident cases, 22 employee cases, 15 deaths.

• Country Meadows of Hershey, 451 Sand Hill Road, Hershey: 47 resident cases, 16 employee cases, 10 deaths.

• Premier at Susquehanna Nursing & Rehab, 990 Medical Road, Millersburg: 50 resident cases, 23 employee cases, fewer than 5 deaths.

Paxton Street Home Benevolent Society, 2001 Paxton St., Harrisburg, was previously on the list with less than 5 resident cases, 0 employee cases, and less than 5 deaths. It was not on the list released Friday.

Lancaster County reported 279 deaths Saturday, up from 272. It has 2,790 cases, up from 2,736 on Friday. Its death rate per 100,000 residents is 51.3.

Cumberland County reported 46 deaths, 3 more than Friday. The county has 584 cases, up from 572 on Friday. Its death rate per 100,000 residents is 18.3.

York County reported 22 deaths, the same as Friday. It has 904 cases, up from 895. Its death rate per 100,000 residents is 4.9.

Lebanon County’s death total stayed at 24. It has 900 cases, up from 892. Its death rate per 100,000 residents is 17.

Statewide, most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 14,486 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,437 cases among employees, for a total of 16,923 at 589 facilities in 44 counties. Out of the total deaths, 3,349 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities — about 65.7 percent.

Approximately 5,064 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Statewide, there have been 321,469 negative tests.

Of the positive cases in the state, 36,823, or 55 percent, are women, and 29,472, 44 percent, are men. There are 685 cases not reported as either gender, and 3 cases reported as neither gender.

Some of the hardest-hit counties: Philadelphia County continues to by far has the most cases, up to 17,208 and 1,217 deaths, an increase of 21 from Friday. Its death rate per 100,000 residents is 76.8. Montgomery County has 6,464 cases and 633 deaths, up 14. Its death rate per 100,000 residents is 76.4. Delaware County has 6,114 cases and 513 deaths, up 12. Its death rate per 100,000 residents is 90.8.

Bucks County has 4,839 cases and 460 deaths, up 6. Its death rate per 100,000 residents is 73.2. Lehigh County has 3,628 with 202 deaths, an increase of 5, for a death rate per 100,000 of 54.9, and Luzerne has 2,631 with 135 deaths, 2 more than Friday. Its death rate per 100 is 42.5. Allegheny County has 1,753 cases and 158 deaths, an increase of 4. Its death rate per 100,000 residents is 13.

Positive cases by age range 

• 0-4 years, less than 1 percent

• 5 to 12 years, less than 1 percent

• 13 to 18 years, 2 percent

• 19 to 24 years, 6 percent

• 25 to 49 years, 37 percent

• 50 to 64 years, 25 percent

• 65 and older, 29 percent

Percentages may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

Previous additional cases and totals

May 22: 866 new; 66,258 total; 1.3 percent increase

May 21: 980 new; 65,392 total; 1.5 percent increase

May 20: 746 new; 64,412 total; 1.2 percent increase

May 19: 610 new; 63,666 total; just less than 1 percent increase

May 18: 822 new; 63,056 total; 1.3 percent increase

May 17: 623 new; 62,234 total; 1 percent increase

May 16: 989 new; 61,611 total; 1.6 percent increase

May 15: 986 new, 60,622 total; 1.7 percent increase

May 14: 938 new; 59,636 total; 1.6 percent increase

May 13: 707 new; 58,698 total; 1.2 percent increase

May 12: 837 new; 57,991 total; 1.5 percent increase

May 11: 543 new; 57,154 total; less than 1 percent increase

May 10: 1,295 new; 56,611 total; 2.3 percent increase

May 9: 1,078 new; 55,316 total; 2 percent increase

May 8: 1,323 new; 54,238 total; 2.5 percent increase

May 7: 1,070 new; 52,915 total; 2.5 percent increase

May 6: 888 new; 51,845 total; 1.7 percent increase

May 5: 865 new; 50,957 total; 1.7 percent increase

May 4: 825 new; 50,092 total; 1.7 percent increase

May 3: 962 new; 49,267 total; 2 percent increase

May 2: 1,334 new; 48,305 total; 2.8 percent increase

May 1: 1,208 new; 46,971 total; 2.6 percent increase

April 30: 1,397 new; 45,763 total; 3.1 percent increase

April 29: 1,102 new; 44,366 total; 2.5 percent increase

April 28: 1,214 new; 43,264 total; 2.9 percent increase

April 27: 885 new; 42,050 total; 2.1 percent increase

April 26: 1,116 new; 41,165 total; 2.8 percent increase

April 25: 1,397 new; 40,049 total; 3.6 percent increase

April 24: 1,599 new; 38,652 total; 4.3 percent increase

April 23: 1,369 new; 37,053 total; 3.8 percent increase

April 22: 1,156 new; 35,684 total; 3.3 percent increase

April 21: 1,296 new; 34,528 total; 3.9 percent increase

April 20: 948 new; 33,232 total; 2.9 percent increase

April 19: 1,215 new; 32,284 total; 3.9 percent increase

April 18: 1,628 new; 31,069 total; 5.5 percent increase

April 17: 1,706 new; 29,441 total; 6.2 percent increase

April 16: 1,245 new; 27,735 total; 4.7 percent increase

April 15: 1,145 new; 26,490 total; 4.5 percent increase

April 14: 1,146 new; 25,345 total; 4.7 percent increase

April 13: 1,366 new; 24,199 total; 6 percent increase

April 12: 1,178 new; 22,833 total; 5.4 percent increase

April 11: 1,676 new; 21,655 total; 8.4 percent increase

April 10: 1,751 new; 19,979 total; 9.6 percent increase

April 9: 1,989 new (most for one day); 18,228 total; 12.2 percent increase

April 8: 1,680 new; 16,239 total; 11.5 percent increase

April 7: 1,579 new; 14,559 total; 12.2 percent increase

April 6: 1,470 new; 12,980 total; 12.8 percent increase

April 5: 1,493 new; 11,510 total; 14.9 percent increase

April 4: 1,597 new; 10,017 total; 19 percent increase

April 3: 1,404 new; 8,420 total; 16.7 percent increase

April 2: 1,211 new; 7,016 total; 20.9 percent increase

April 1: 962 new; 5,805 total;  19.9 percent increase

March 31: 756 new; 4,843 total; 18.5 percent increase

March 30: 693 new; 4,087 total; 20.4 percent increase

March 29: 649 new; 3,394 total; 23.6 percent increase

March 28: 533 new; 2,751 total; 24 percent increase

March 27: 531 new; 2,218 total; 31.5 percent increase

March 26: 560 new; 1,687 total; 49.7 percent increase

March 25: 276 new; 1,127 total; 32.4 percent increase

March 24: 207 new; 851 total; 32.1 percent increase

March 23: 165 new; 644 total; 34.4 percent increase

March 22: 108 new; 479 total; 29.1 percent increase

March 21: 103 new; 371 total; 38.4 percent increase

March 20: 83 new; 268 total;  44.9 percent increase

March 19: 52 new; 185 total; 39.1 percent increase

March 18: 37 new; 133 total

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

The Department of Health continues to stress the following:

• Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not 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 areas.

• Contain: If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

• Practice social distancing. Stay home as much as you can, and avoid public spaces. Keep at least 6 feet between you and others if you must go out. Don’t attend or host large gatherings. Avoid using mass transit.

• Wear a homemade cloth or fabric mask in public. Save surgical masks and N95 respirators  for our health care workers and first responders. Remember this saying: “My mask protects you, your mask protects me.”