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Pa. coronavirus cases have second-largest one-day jump and 78 new deaths, with 4 in Lancaster County

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today reported 1,751 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 19,979, and 78 new deaths, for a total of 416.

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

There are 93,040 patients who have tested negative.

The 1,751 new cases are in line with recent daily increases, although it is more than 200 cases less than Thursday’s one-day high of 1,989. It is still the second-highest one-day increase.

There were 1,989 additional positive cases Thursday, 1,680 on Wednesday, 1,579 on Tuesday, 1,470 on Monday, 1,493 on Sunday, 1,597 on Saturday, 1,404 on April 3, and 1,211 on April 2 — the first day the number of new cases reached four figures.

All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases reported, and 31 of the 67 have reported deaths.

The department reported 78 new deaths Friday compared to only 29 new deaths Thursday. All the deaths have been adults. Most have occurred in patients 65 or older.

The department reported 78 deaths on Tuesday and 70 on Wednesday.

About 955 of the cases are in health care workers, Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said Thursday, and 1,209 cases are in 181 of the state’s nursing homes and personal-care facilities. She said 2,069 of those with the coronavirus are hospitalized right now, about 11 percent of total case count.

Of those hospitalized, 598 have required ventilators.

She said as of Friday, 45 percent of hospital beds, 38 percent of ICU beds and nearly 70 percent of ventilators are still available.

There were 4 more deaths reported in Lancaster County, putting its total at 21. It has 648 cases, up from 596 on Thursday. York County remained at 3 total deaths. Its cases went from 250 to 283.

Dauphin County went from 180 to 199 cases, with no new deaths reported, for 2 total deaths. Cumberland County went from 88 to 96, 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.

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 5,521 cases and 110 deaths, an increase of 24 deaths. Montgomery County has 1,889 cases and 50 deaths, an increase of 13. Lehigh County has 1,562 with 16 deaths, and increase of 3, and Luzerne has 1,325 with 15 deaths, an increase of 3. Delaware County has 1,377 cases and 30 deaths, an increase of 4. Northampton has 994 cases and 21 deaths, an increase of 1. Bucks County has 958 cases and 26 deaths, an increase of 3, and Allegheny County has 788 cases and 18 deaths, an increase of 6.

The state has distributed 1.8 million N95 masks, 136,000 hospital gowns, 912,000 hospital masks, 730,000 pairs of gloves, 990 goggles, and 147,000 face shields, and is working on acquiring more, Levine said.

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 (43, up 5, 1 death, no change)

• Allegheny (788, up 29, 18 deaths, up 6)

• Armstrong (22, up 2)

• Beaver (139, up 10, 13 deaths, no change)

• Bedford (3, down 1)

• Berks (720, up 104, 12 deaths, up 4)

• Blair (9, up 3)

• Bradford (16, up 1)

• Bucks (958, up 87, 26 deaths, up 3)

• Butler (123, up 10, 3 deaths, up 1)

• Cambria (11, up 1, 1 death, no change)

• Cameron (1, no change)

• Carbon (93, up 10, 3 deaths, up 1)

• Centre (61, up 2)

• Chester (485, up 60, 9 deaths, up 2)

• Clarion (10, up 2)

• Clearfield (8, up 1)

• Clinton (6, up 2)

• Columbia (81, up 16, 2 deaths, no change)

• Crawford (13, no change)

• Cumberland (96, up 8, 2 deaths, no change)

• Dauphin (199, up 18, 2 deaths, no change)

• Delaware (1,377, up 155, 30 deaths, up 4)

• Elk (2, no change)

• Erie (36, up 4)

• Fayette (49, up 4, 1 death, no change)

• Forest (5, no change)

• Franklin (57, up 5)

• Fulton (1, no change)

• Greene (21, no change)

• Huntingdon (8, no change)

• Indiana (26, up 5)

• Jefferson (1, no change)

• Juniata (30, up 7)

• Lackawanna (346, up 34, 18 deaths, up 2)

• Lancaster (648, up 52, 21 deaths, up 4)

• Lawrence (45, up 8, 3 deaths, up 1)

• Lebanon (218, up 31, one death, up 1)

• Lehigh (1,562, up 96, 16 deaths, up 3)

• Luzerne (1,325, up 84, 15 deaths, up 3)

• Lycoming (18, up 1)

• McKean (1, no change)

• Mercer (36, up 6)

• Mifflin (11, up 1)

• Monroe (752, up 36, 19 deaths, no change)

• Montgomery (1,889, up 196, 50 deaths, up 13)

• Montour (29, up 4)

• Northampton (994, up 45, 21 deaths, up 1)

• Northumberland (29, up 5)

• Perry (16, up 1, 1 death, no change)

• Philadelphia (5,521, up 492, 110 deaths, up 24)

• Pike (190, up 27, 6 deaths, no change)

• Potter (3, no change)

• Schuylkill (164, up 15, 1 death, no change)

• Snyder (12, up 3, 1 death, no change)

• Somerset (10, up 3)

• Sullivan (1, no change)

• Susquehanna (22, up 6, 2 deaths, up 1)

• Tioga (11, up 1)

• Union (12, up 1)

• Venango (5, no change)

• Warren (1, no change)

• Washington (66, up 3)

• Wayne (53, up 4)

• Westmoreland (202, up 12, 5 deaths, up 4)

• Wyoming (6, no change)

• York (283, up 33, 3 deaths, no change)

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.