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Pennsylvania coronavirus cases increase by more than 600; another death in Lancaster County

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There are 649 new cases of the coronavirus in Pennsylvania, according to numbers released Sunday by the state Department of Health, and 4 more deaths — one in Lancaster County.

There are now 3,394 cases in Pennsylvania, and 38 deaths.

The 649 cases is a slight increase from the previous two days, when numbers leveled off a bit — an increase of 533 Saturday, and 531 on Friday.

The newly reported deaths were in Bucks, Lancaster, Lawrence and Monroe counties.

Dauphin County increased to 35 cases in numbers released Sunday, up from 23. York County went from 37 cases to 43 cases. Lancaster County went from 45 to 67, with the additional death reported, bringing its total deaths to 2. Cumberland County stayed at 22 cases.

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

Also, Penn State Harrisburg in Lower Swatara Township over the weekend reported its first case.

All deaths have been adults, state Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine said Sunday.

About 316 have required hospitalization, about 10.4 percent. About 110 patients have required treatment in an intensive care unit, and 64 have required ventilators.

Levine said her mother is in a nursing home, and the state is seeing coronavirus cases in about 5 percent of nursing homes, the majority in the southeast part of Pennsylvania. She urged people not to visit loved ones in nursing homes. She is not visiting her mother, she said, although she calls twice a day.

“We need to make sure our loved ones in nursing homes stay safe,” she said.

If a loved one in a nursing home is in an end-of-life situation, she urged Pennsylvanians to work with the nursing home to be there, however.

She suggested calling, writing or communicating by video chat with those in nursing homes.

She said there are 64 cases of coronavirus in nursing homes in the state, less than 0.1 percent of the nursing home population, and 36 facilities that have at least one case. There are 695 nursing homes in the state. Most of those 36 facilities are in the southeast.

On Sunday, there were large increases in Philadelphia County (up 156 to 865), Bucks County (up 51 to 203), Allegheny County (up 46 to 265) and Montgomery County (up 77 to 488). 

Cases now have been reported in 58 counties of the state’s 67 counties, up from 50. Mifflin and Venango counties reported their first cases Sunday.

There have been 30,061 negative tests for the coronavirus.

The number of cases increased statewide by 533 on Saturday, 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, 10 percent

• 25 to 49 years, 41 percent

• 50 to 64 years, 27 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, 21 percent

• 50 to 64 years, 27 percent

• 65 and older, 49 percent

 

Counties impacted

• Adams (8, no change)

• Allegheny (265, up 46, 2 deaths)

• Armstrong (3, up 1)

• Beaver (28, up 6)

• Berks (68, up 3)

• Blair (3, up 1)

• Bradford (3, no change)

• Bucks (203, up 51, one death)

• Butler (47, no change, 2 deaths)

• Cambria (1, no change)

• Cameron (1, no change)

• Carbon (9, up 6)

• Centre (22, up 7)

• Chester (137, up 21)

• Clarion (1, no change)

• Clearfield (2, no change)

• Columbia (6, up 2)

• Crawford (3, up 1)

• Cumberland (22, no change, 1 death)

• Dauphin (35, up 12)

• Delaware (276, up 50, 4 deaths)

• Erie (7, no change)

• Fayette (10, no change)

• Franklin (11, up 4)

• Greene (6, no change)

• Huntingdon (1, no change)

• Indiana (2, no change)

• Juniata (1, no change)

• Lackawanna (56, up 5, 2 deaths)

• Lancaster (67, up 22, 2 deaths)

• Lawrence (8, no change)

• Lebanon (19, up 4)

• Lehigh (151, up 42, 3 deaths)

• Luzerne (94, up 29, 2 deaths)

• Lycoming (3, up 1)

• McKean (1, no change)

• Mercer (7, up 1)

• Mifflin (2, first cases)

• Monroe (135, up 29, 3 deaths)

• Montgomery (488, up 77, 5 deaths)

• Montour (4, down 1)

• Northampton (126, up 32, 4 deaths)

• Northumberland (1, no change)

• Philadelphia (865, up 156, 5 deaths)

• Pike (33, up 6, 1 death)

• Potter (2, no change)

• Schuylkill (21, up 5)

• Snyder (2, up 1)

• Somerset (2, no change)

• Susquehanna (1, no change)

• Tioga (1, no change)

• Venango (1, first case)

• Warren (1, no change)

• Washington (24, up 1)

• Wayne (7, up 1)

• Westmoreland (47, up 6)

• York (43, up 6)

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.