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Pa. coronavirus deaths increase by 12, including in Lancaster, Cumberland; increase in cases steady

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In numbers released Saturday, the state Department of Health reported 12 more people in Pennsylvania have died from COVID-19, the coronavirus — including one each in neighboring Cumberland and Lancaster counties.

There are now 2,751 total cases in the state, an increase of 533 from Friday. There have been 34 total deaths, an increase from 22 the previous day. There were 3 newly reported deaths in Philadelphia County, 2 in Montgomery and 1 each in Butler, Cumberland, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton and Pike counties.

Dauphin County increased to 23 cases in numbers released Saturday, up from 18. York County went from 29 cases to 37 cases. Lancaster County went from 33 to 45. Cumberland County went from 16 to 22 cases.

A Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center patient died from COVID-19 on Friday.

The number of new cases released Saturday by the Pennsylvania Department of Health was almost exactly the same increase from the previous day. On Friday, for the first time, the number of coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania did not exceed the increase from the day before, when the number of cases went up by 531.

The largest one-day increase so far was in numbers released Thursday — 560.

When asked Saturday what the slowdown in increased cases means, state Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine said: “We’re watching that data very, very carefully to see if this is a consistent trend. It’s too early to draw conclusions at this time. We’ll be taking it day by day as we examine the data."

Friday, she said the slower rate of new coronavirus cases announced that  day is not “statistically significant.”

Levine said Saturday that 316 Pennsylvanians with the coronavirus have required hospitalization since March 6, about 11.5 percent of cases. That’s up slightly from the 10 percent seen in recent days. She said 97 of those required intensive care, and 56 of those required ventilators.

All deaths have been adults, she said.

On Saturday, there were huge increases in Philadelphia County (up 179 to 709), Allegheny County (up 61 to 219) and Montgomery County (up 37 to 411). 

Cases now have been reported in 56 counties of the state’s 67 counties, up from 50. Cameron, Clarion, Huntingdon, McKean, Snyder and Tioga counties reported their first cases.

There have been 25,254 negative tests for the coronavirus.

The number of cases increased statewide by 531 on Friday, 560 on Thursday, 276 on Wednesday, 207 on Tuesday, 165 on Monday, 108 on Sunday, 103 the previous Saturday, 73 the previous Friday, and 52 the previous Thursday.

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, 11 percent

• 25 to 49 years, 39 percent

• 50 to 64 years, 28 percent

• 65 and older, 19 percent

Hospitalizations by age range

• 0-4 years, 1 percent

• 5 to 12 years, 0 percent

• 13 to 18 years, 1 percent

• 19 to 24 years, 2 percent

• 25 to 49 years, 20 percent

• 50 to 64 years, 27 percent

• 65 and older, 49 percent

Counties impacted

• Adams (8, no change)

• Allegheny (219, up 61, 2 deaths)

• Armstrong (2, up 1)

• Beaver (22, up 8)

• Berks (65, no change)

• Blair (2, up 1)

• Bradford (3, up 1)

• Bucks (152, up 28)

• Butler (41, up 15, 2 deaths)

• Cambria (1, no change)

• Cameron (1, first case)

• Carbon (3, up 1)

• Centre (15, up 4)

• Chester (116, up 9)

• Clarion (1, first case)

• Clearfield (2, no change)

• Columbia (4, up 1)

• Crawford (2, up 1)

• Cumberland (22, up 6, 1 death)

• Dauphin (23, up 5)

• Delaware (226, up 41, 4 deaths)

• Erie (7, no change)

• Fayette (10, up 1)

• Franklin (7, up 2)

• Greene (6, up 2)

• Huntingdon (1, first case)

• Indiana (2, no change)

• Juniata (1, no change)

• Lackawanna (51, up 16, 2 deaths)

• Lancaster (45, up 12, 1 death)

• Lawrence (8, up 4)

• Lebanon (15, up 3)

• Lehigh (109, up 16, 3 deaths)

• Luzerne (65, up 10, 2 deaths)

• Lycoming (2, no change)

• McKean (1, first case)

• Mercer (6, up 2)

• Monroe (106, up 8, 2 deaths)

• Montgomery (411, up 37, 5 deaths)

• Montour (5, up 1)

• Northampton (94, up 15, 4 deaths)

• Northumberland (1, no change)

• Philadelphia (709, up 179, 5 deaths)

• Pike (27, up 4, 1 death)

• Potter (2, up 1)

• Schuylkill (16, up 3)

• Snyder (1, first case)

• Somerset (2, no change)

• Susquehanna (1, no change)

• Tioga (1, first case)

• Warren (1, no change)

• Washington (23, up 9)

• Wayne (6, no change)

• Westmoreland (41, up 11)

• York (37, up 8)

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.