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Numbers show a great day for coronavirus fight in Pa.: very low percentage increases in cases, deaths

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed 623 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 62,234 in all 67 counties. It was the lowest percentage increase over the previous day, about 1 percent, since the start of the pandemic.

The state also reported only 15 new deaths, one of the lowest daily increases in weeks, for 4,418 total.

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Last Sunday, the department confirmed to the Press & Journal the death of an 18-year-old as the youngest person to die in Pennsylvania from the coronavirus.

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

Dauphin County’s total deaths stayed at 39. Of those, 27 have been in nursing homes or personal care homes. It has 963 cases, up from 938 on Saturday.

Four nursing homes or personal care facilities in Dauphin County have reported cases, affecting 252 residents (up from 240 the previous day) and 51 employees (no increase). Neither The Middletown Home nor Frey Village have cases, they have told the Press & Journal.

Lancaster County’s death total increased by 1 to 187. Of those, 164 have been in nursing homes or personal care homes, an increase of 1 from Saturday. It has 2,508 cases, up from 2,470 on Saturday. Of those total cases, 640 are in nursing home or personal care home residents, up from 625, and 178 are in employees of those facilities, no increase. It has 34 facilities reporting cases.

Cumberland County’s deaths stayed at 48. Of those, 41 have been in nursing homes or personal care homes. The county has 522 cases, up from 515 on Saturday. Of those total cases, 255 are in nursing home or personal care home residents, an increase of 5, and 57 are employees of those facilities, the same as Saturday. It has 9 facilities reporting cases, up from 8.

York County deaths increased by 1 to 16. Of those, 4 are in a nursing home or personal care facility, an increase of 1; it has 851 cases, up from 835 on Saturday. Of the 828 cases, only 12 are in nursing home or personal care home residents, and 4 are employees of those facilities. It has 7 facilities reporting cases.

Lebanon County’s death total stayed at 19. Of those, 13 are in nursing homes or personal care homes, the same as the previous day. It has 874 cases, up from 873 Saturday. Of those, 88 are in nursing home or personal care home residents, no increase, and 14 are employees of those facilities, also no change. It has 4 facilities reporting cases.

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 13,447 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,091 cases among employees, for a total of 15,447 at 558 facilities in 45 counties. Out of the total deaths, 3,057 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities — about 69.2 percent.

Approximately 4,451 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Statewide, there have been 270,670 negative tests.

Of the positive cases in the state, 34,098, or 55 percent, are women, with 2,222 deaths; and 27,463, 44 percent, are men, with 2,178 deaths. There are 670 cases not reported as either gender, with 18 deaths, 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 16,140 and 1,022 deaths, an increase of 1 from Saturday. Montgomery County has 5,872 cases and 620 deaths, an increase of 6. Delaware County has 5,619 cases and 478 deaths, no increase. Bucks County has 4,439 cases and 422 deaths, an increase of 1. Lehigh County has 3,470 with 139 deaths, no increase, and Luzerne has 2,526 with 127 deaths, no increase. Allegheny County has 1,603 cases and 143 deaths, no increase.

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, 37 percent

• 50 to 64 years, 26 percent

• 65 and older, 29 percent

Percentages may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

Previous additional cases and totals

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.”