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Pa. reports another 70 coronavirus deaths, with 1 in Dauphin, and largest one-day increase in cases

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Pennsylvania had one of its worst days yet Wednesday with new coronavirus cases and deaths.

There are 1,680 additional positive cases of COVID-19, the state Department of Health announced Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 16,239. That’s the most in one day since the pandemic started, ahead of Saturday’s 1,597 new cases.

Also, there are 70 additional deaths, bringing the total to 310. Almost half of all the deaths — 148 — have been reported in the last two days, after 78 were announced Tuesday. One of those new deaths announced Wednesday is in Dauphin County.

“We do not yet have this virus under control. Now is not the time to get complacent,” Gov. Tom Wolf said during a Wednesday press conference.

Philadelphia County had 29 new deaths reported, putting its total at 87. Lancaster County had 2 more, for a total of 16. York County remained at 1 death overall, and Cumberland at 2 total.

All the deaths have been adults.

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

There are 82,299 patients who have tested negative to date.

There were 1,579 new cases of the coronavirus reported in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, 1,470 on Monday, 1,493 on Sunday, 1,597 on Saturday, 1,404 on Friday, and 1,211 on Thursday — the first day the number of new cases reached four figures.

Lancaster County’s cases went from 490 on Tuesday to 561 on Wednesday. Dauphin County went from 155 cases to 168. York County increased from 218 to 233. Cumberland County went from 77 to 84 cases. All 67 counties now have reported cases.

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

Of the total cases, 760 are in health care workers, and 831 total cases are in 157 long-term care or personal care facilities. About 11 percent of those with coronavirus are hospitalized: 1,892 patients. Of those, 1,169 have required ventilators.

As of noon Wednesday, 51 percent of hospital beds, 40 percent of ICU beds, and nearly 70 percent of ventilators are available in the state.

All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide indefinitely. Currently the entire state is under a stay-at-home order.

Some of the hardest-hit counties: Philadelphia County is up to 4,456 cases and 87 deaths, and Montgomery County has 1,521 cases and 37 deaths. Lehigh County has 1,319 with 11 deaths, and Luzerne has 1,134 with 11 deaths. Delaware County has 1,034 cases and 23 deaths. Northampon has 857 cases and 17 deaths. Bucks County has 756 cases and 22 deaths, and Allegheny County has 720 cases and 10 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, 20 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 (33, up 5)

• Allegheny (720, up 31, 10 deaths, up 4)

• Armstrong (19, up 1)

• Beaver (128, up 12, 13 deaths, up 4)

• Bedford (4, no change)

• Berks (416, up 47, 7 deaths, up 3)

• Blair (6, no change)

• Bradford (15, up 1)

• Bucks (756, up 66, 22 deaths, up 1)

• Butler (113, up 6, 2 deaths, no change)

• Cambria (9, up 2, 1 death, no change)

• Cameron (1, no change)

• Carbon (76, up 9, 1 death, no change)

• Centre (57, up 2)

• Chester (373, up 38, 6 deaths, no change)

• Clarion (9, up 1)

• Clearfield (7, no change)

• Clinton (3, no change)

• Columbia (54, up 12, 1 death, no change)

• Crawford (8, no change)

• Cumberland (84, up 7, 2 deaths, no change)

• Dauphin (168, up 13, 2 deaths, up 1)

• Delaware (1,034, up 136, 23 deaths, up 3)

• Elk (2, no change)

• Erie (29, up 1)

• Fayette (35, up 3, 1 death, no change)

• Forest (5, no change)

• Franklin (43, up 4)

• Fulton (1, no change)

• Greene (17, up 2)

• Huntingdon (6, up 1)

• Indiana (21, no change)

• Jefferson (1, no change)

• Juniata (18, up 4)

• Lackawanna (266, up 31, 10 deaths, up 2)

• Lancaster (561, up 71, 16 deaths, up 2)

• Lawrence (32, up 3, 2 deaths, no change)

• Lebanon (169, up 24)

• Lehigh (1,319, up 173, 11 deaths, up 1)

• Luzerne (1,134, up 152, 11 deaths, up 3)

• Lycoming (15, up 3)

• McKean (1, no change)

• Mercer (27, up 1)

• Mifflin (10, up 4)

• Monroe (671, up 61, 17 deaths, up 5)

• Montgomery (1,521, up 162, 37 deaths, up 7)

• Montour (26, down 1)

• Northampton (857, up 83, 17 deaths, up 3)

• Northumberland (22, no change)

• Perry (13, up 4, 1 death, no change)

• Philadelphia (4,456, up 444, 87 deaths, up 29)

• Pike (148, up 12, 6 deaths, up 1)

• Potter (3, no change)

• Schuylkill (136, up 17)

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

• Somerset (7, no change)

• Sullivan (1, no change)

• Susquehanna (14, up 3)

• Tioga (10, no change)

• Union (8, up 1)

• Venango (5, no change)

• Warren (1, no change)

• Washington (59, up 2)

• Wayne (47, up 7)

• Westmoreland (183, up 6, 1 death, up 1)

• Wyoming (5, no change)

• York (233, up 15, 2 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.