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Pennsylvania coronavirus deaths top 100 as total number of cases increases by largest amount yet

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More than 100 people have died in Pennsylvania from COVID-19, the state Department of Health reported Friday, and the number of new coronavirus cases continued its trend of growing at a rate larger than the day before, adding 1,404 on Friday to reach 8,420.

The number of cases increased statewide by 1,211 on Thursday.

The state Department of Health said Friday that 12 more people died. Lancaster County reported its fifth death. Cumberland County added a second death. Perry County reported its first death. York County reported its first death Thursday. State Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine said all the deaths have been adults.

Other new deaths reported Friday were: 2 in Bucks County, 2 in Delaware, 1 in Lackawanna, 2 in Montgomery, 1 in Northampton, 1 in Perry, and 1 in Philadelphia.

Dauphin County increased from 67 cases on Thursday to 79 on Friday, with one death overall. York County went from 102 cases to 121 cases. Lancaster County went from 203 to 232, with 1 new death reported, for 5 total deaths. Cumberland County went from 41 to 45 cases, with 2 total deaths.

Levine said 852 patients have been hospitalized since March 6, about 10 percent of the total cases; 241 have required intensive care; and 147 have required a ventilator. Of the total cases, 419 are in the health care field, and 12 percent of 695 licensed nursing homes in the state have reported cases.

The counties with the most number of cases continue to be in southeast Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh area. Philadelphia County is up to 2,284 cases and 14 deaths, and Montgomery County has 875 cases and 11 deaths. Allegheny County has 476 cases and 2 deaths.

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. Also, a Lower Swatara Township employee tested negative.

Cases have been reported in 62 counties of the state’s 67 counties. Clinton, Elk, Fulton, Jefferson and Sullivan are the only counties without reported cases, the same as Thursday.

There have been 53,695 negative tests for the coronavirus.

The number of cases increased statewide by 1,211 on Thursday, 962 on Wednesday, 756 on Tuesday, 693 on Monday, 649 on Sunday, 533 on Saturday, 531 on March 27, 560 on March 26, 276 on March 25, 207 on March 24, 165 on March 23, 108 on March 22, 103 on March 21, 73 on March 20, and 52 on March 19.

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, 8 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, 0 percent

• 13 to 18 years, less than 1 percent

• 19 to 24 years, 2 percent

• 25 to 49 years, 19 percent

• 50 to 64 years, 28 percent

• 65 and older, 50 percent

Percentages may not total 100 percent due to rounding

County numbers

• Adams (19, up 1)

• Allegheny (476, up 57, 2 deaths)

• Armstrong (11, up 4)

• Beaver (65, up 10, 2 deaths)

• Bedford (3, no change)

• Berks (201, up 33, 1 death)

• Blair (4, no change)

• Bradford (9, up 1)

• Bucks (446, up 76, 8 deaths)

• Butler (75, up 6, 2 deaths)

• Cambria (4, no change)

• Cameron (1, no change)

• Carbon (34, up 8, 1 death)

• Centre (32, up 4)

• Chester (226, up 16, 2 deaths)

• Clarion (4, no change)

• Clearfield (5, up 1)

• Columbia (15, up 4)

• Crawford (5, no change)

• Cumberland (45, up 4, 2 deaths)

• Dauphin (79, up 12, 1 death)

• Delaware (542, up 72, 10 deaths)

• Erie (17, up 1)

• Fayette (20, up 5, 1 death)

• Forest (1, no change)

• Franklin (26, up 3)

• Greene (11, no change)

• Huntingdon (3, up 1)

• Indiana (7, up 1)

• Juniata (5, up 3)

• Lackawanna (119, up 11, 4 deaths)

• Lancaster (232, up 29, 5 deaths)

• Lawrence (19, up 3, 2 deaths)

• Lebanon (54, up 9)

• Lehigh (584, up 105, 5 deaths)

• Luzerne (484, up 100, 5 deaths)

• Lycoming (8, up 1)

• McKean (1, no change)

• Mercer (10, up 1)

• Mifflin (2, up 1)

• Monroe (397, up 76, 10 deaths)

• Montgomery (875, up 140, 11 deaths)

• Montour (16, up 1)

• Northampton (466, up 88, 10 deaths)

• Northumberland (8, no change)

• Perry (4, up 1, 1 death)

• Philadelphia (2,284, up 432, 14 deaths)

• Pike (83, up 15, 1 death)

• Potter (2, no change)

• Schuylkill (63, up 9)

• Snyder (4, up 1, 1 death)

• Somerset (3, no change)

• Susquehanna (4, up 1)

• Tioga (3, up 1)

• Union (3, up 1)

• Venango (3, no change)

• Warren (1, no change)

• Washington (40, up 2)

• Wayne (23, up 6)

• Westmoreland (110, up 26)

• York (121, up 19, 1 death)

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.