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New Pa. coronavirus cases lowest in nearly a month, but 3 more deaths reported in Dauphin County

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today reported only 885 new positive cases of COVID-19 today — the lowest one-day increase this month — bringing the statewide total to 42,050.

The state is reporting 1,597 deaths, 47 more than Sunday, in 43 of the 67 counties.

Overall, Dauphin County has 529 cases, up from 519 on Sunday. Dauphin County reported 3 more deaths, however, for a total of 21. All those deaths were in nursing homes or personal care homes, meaning 12 of the 21 deaths have been in those facilities.

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Lancaster County reported one additional death Monday, bringing its total to 75, with 58 in nursing homes or personal care facilities. Lancaster County now has 1,633 cases, up from 1,577 on Sunday.

York County’s death total also increased 1 Sunday, to 9 total. It has 606 cases, up from 593 on Sunday. Cumberland County’s deaths also increased by 1, to 9, with 282 cases, up from 267 on Sunday. Seven deaths there are in nursing homes or personal care homes.

All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases. All people with confirmed cases are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

The highest one-day increase in total cases so far remains 1,989 on April 9. The 885 new cases are the fewest since March 31, when 756 cases were reported.

There are 161,372 patients who have tested negative.

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 7,037 resident cases of COVID-19, and 862 cases among employees, for a total of 7,899 at 441 facilities in 40 counties. Out of the total deaths, 990 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities — almost 62 percent.

Three nursing homes or personal care facilities in Dauphin County have reported coronavirus cases, affecting 79 residents and 13 employees. Neither The Middletown Home or Frey Village had reported cases.

Some of the hardest-hit counties: Philadelphia County is up to 11,361 cases and 274 deaths, 2 more than Sunday. Montgomery County has 3,817 cases and 232 deaths, an increase of 15 from Sunday. Lehigh County has 2,636 with 56 deaths, an increase of 5 from Sunday, and Luzerne has 2,035 with 71 deaths, an increase of 4 from Sunday. Delaware County has 3,361 cases and 142 deaths, an increase of 1 from Sunday. Bucks County has 2,585 cases and 148 deaths, an increase of 7. Allegheny County has 1,224 cases and 79 deaths, an increase of 6 from Sunday.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Sunday confirmed 1,116 additional positive cases. Saturday, it was 1,397 additional positive cases. Friday, it was 1,599 cases, and on Thursday 1,369. There were 1,156 reported Wednesday, 1,296 on Tuesday, 948 on April 20, 1,215 on April 19, 1,628 on April 18 and 1,706 on April 17. On April 16, there were 1,245 additional cases reported. On April 15, there were 1,145, with 1,146 on April 14, 1,366 on April 13 and 1,178 on April 12. There were 1,676 additional positive cases reported April 11, 1,751 on April 10, 1,989 on April 9, 1,680 on April 8, 1,579 on April 7, 1,470 on April 6, 1,493 on April 5, 1,597 on April 4, 1,404 on April 3, and 1,211 on April 2. The total was 962 on April 1.

Of the total cases, 2,394 cases are in health care workers. Also of the total cases, 2,799 patients are hospitalized as of Monday morning, and 615 require a ventilator.

In Pennsylvania, 47 percent of the hospital beds, 40 percent of intensive care unit beds and nearly 70 percent of ventilators are still available as of Monday morning.

Positive cases by age range 

• 0-4 years, less than 1 percent

• 5 to 12 years, less than 1 percent

• 13 to 18 years, 1 percent

• 19 to 24 years, 6 percent

• 25 to 49 years, 38 percent

• 50 to 64 years, 28 percent

• 65 and older, 26 percent

Percentages may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

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.”