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Pa. coronavirus cases up by almost 1,900; number of deaths drops compared to previous two days

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The number of new coronavirus cases continued to increase in numbers released Thursday, although the reports of new deaths attributed to COVID-19 leveled off.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed 1,989 additional positive cases, which is the highest one-day total yet.

It brings the statewide total to 18,228, and all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases reported. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

The previous largest increase occurred Wednesday — 1,680 additional positive cases.

The department also reported 29 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 338. All the deaths have been adults. That is a much lower number than the previous two days — 78 on Tuesday and 70 on Wednesday.

There are 87,734 patients who have tested negative to date.

There were 1,680 additional positive cases Wednesday, 1,579 on Tuesday, 1,470 on Monday, 1,493 on Sunday, 1,597 on Saturday, 1,404 on Friday, and 1,211 on April 2 — the first day the number of new cases reached four figures.

There was one more death reported in Lancaster County, putting its total at 17. It has 596 cases, up from 561 on Wednesday. York County also reported a death Thursday, putting its total at 3. Its cases went from 233 to 250.

Dauphin County went from 168 to 180 cases, with no new deaths reported, for 2 total deaths. Cumberland County went from 84 to 88, with no new deaths reported, for 2 total deaths.

The state Department of Health does not break down the areas where the cases have been reported more specifically than by county.

About 850 of the cases are in health care workers, Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said Thursday, and 1,058 cases are in 168 of the state’s long-term care or personal-care facilities. She said 2,033 of those with the coronavirus are hospitalized right now, about 11 percent of total case count.

Of those hospitalized, 600 have required ventilators.

She said as of Thursday, 45 percent of hospital beds, 37 percent of ICU beds and 70 percent of ventilators are still available.

All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed. Gov. Tom Wolf closed schools for the rest of the academic year on Thursday. Currently the entire state is under a stay-at-home order.

Some of the hardest-hit counties: Philadelphia County is up to 5,029 cases and 86 deaths, and Montgomery County has 1,693 cases and 37 deaths. Lehigh County has 1,466 with 13 deaths, and Luzerne has 1,241 with 12 deaths. Delaware County has 1,222 cases and 26 deaths. Northampton has 949 cases and 20 deaths. Bucks County has 871 cases and 23 deaths, and Allegheny County has 759 cases and 12 deaths.

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, 7 percent

• 25 to 49 years, 41 percent

• 50 to 64 years, 29 percent

• 65 and older, 21 percent

Hospitalizations by age range

• 0-4 years, less than 1 percent

• 5 to 12 years, less than 1 percent

• 13 to 18 years, less than 1 percent

• 19 to 24 years, 1 percent

• 25 to 49 years, 19 percent

• 50 to 64 years, 29 percent

• 65 and older, 51 percent

Percentages may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

County numbers

• Adams (38, up 5, 1 death, up 1)

• Allegheny (759, up 39, 12 deaths, up 2)

• Armstrong (20, up 1)

• Beaver (129, up 1, 13 deaths, no change)

• Bedford (4, no change)

• Berks (616, up 200, 8 deaths, up 1)

• Blair (6, no change)

• Bradford (15, no change)

• Bucks (871, up 115, 23 deaths, up 1)

• Butler (113, no change, 2 deaths, no change)

• Cambria (10, up 1, 1 death, no change)

• Cameron (1, no change)

• Carbon (83, up 7, 2 deaths, up 1)

• Centre (59, up 2)

• Chester (425, up 52, 7 deaths, up 1)

• Clarion (8, down 1)

• Clearfield (7, no change)

• Clinton (4, up 1)

• Columbia (65, up 11, 2 deaths, up 1)

• Crawford (13, up 5)

• Cumberland (88, up 4, 2 deaths, no change)

• Dauphin (180, up 12, 2 deaths, up 1)

• Delaware (1,222, up 188, 26 deaths, up 3)

• Elk (2, no change)

• Erie (32, up 3)

• Fayette (45, up 10, 1 death, no change)

• Forest (5, no change)

• Franklin (52, up 9)

• Fulton (1, no change)

• Greene (21, up 4)

• Huntingdon (8, up 2)

• Indiana (21, no change)

• Jefferson (1, no change)

• Juniata (23, up 5)

• Lackawanna (312, up 46, 16 deaths, up 6)

• Lancaster (596, up 35, 17 deaths, up 1)

• Lawrence (37, up 5, 2 deaths, no change)

• Lebanon (187, up 18)

• Lehigh (1,466, up 147, 13 deaths, up 2)

• Luzerne (1,241, up 107, 12 deaths, up 1)

• Lycoming (17, up 2)

• McKean (1, no change)

• Mercer (30, up 3)

• Mifflin (10, no change)

• Monroe (716, up 45, 19 deaths, up 2)

• Montgomery (1,693, up 172, 37 deaths, no change)

• Montour (25, down 1)

• Northampton (949, up 92, 20 deaths, up 3)

• Northumberland (24, up 2)

• Perry (15, up 2, 1 death, no change)

• Philadelphia (5,029, up 573, 86 deaths, no change)

• Pike (163, up 15, 6 deaths, no change)

• Potter (3, no change)

• Schuylkill (149, up 13, 1 death, up 1)

• Snyder (9, no change, 1 death, no change)

• Somerset (7, no change)

• Sullivan (1, no change)

• Susquehanna (16, up 2, 1 death, up 1)

• Tioga (10, no change)

• Union (11, up 3)

• Venango (5, no change)

• Warren (1, no change)

• Washington (63, up 4)

• Wayne (49, up 2)

• Westmoreland (190, up 7, 1 death, no change)

• Wyoming (6, up 1)

• York (250, up 17, 3 deaths, up 1)

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.