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Pennsylvania death total from coronavirus goes up by 119 on Tuesday; overall amount exceeds 43,000


The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed 1,214 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 43,264.

All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

Breakdown for Tuesday, April 28: Which counties saw double-digit increases in coronavirus deaths?

The state reported 1,716 deaths, 119 more than Monday, in 43 of the 67 counties.

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

There are 165,824 patients who have tested negative.

Monday, the state reported only 885 new positive cases — the lowest one-day increase this month.

Overall, Dauphin County has 553 cases, up from 529 on Monday. Dauphin County reported one fewer deaths than it had Monday, for a total of 20. Of those 20, 12 have been in nursing homes or personal care homes.

Lancaster County reported 3 additional deaths Tuesday, bringing its total to 78, with 61 in nursing homes or personal care facilities. Lancaster County now has 1,678 cases, up from 1,633 on Sunday.

York County’s death total remained at 9 Tuesday. It has 614 cases, up from 606 on Monday. Cumberland County’s deaths increased by 1, to 10, with 296 cases, up from 282 on Monday. Eight deaths there are in nursing homes or personal care homes.

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

“As we see the number of new COVID-19 cases continuously change across the state that does not mean we can stop practicing social distancing,” Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said. “We must continue to stay home to protect ourselves, our families and our community. If you must go out, please make as few trips as possible and wear a mask to protect not only yourself, but others. We need all Pennsylvanians to continue to heed these efforts to protect our vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our health care workers and frontline responders.”

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths.

In nursing and personal care facilities, there are 7,360 resident cases, and 920 cases among employees, for a total of 8,280 at 452 facilities in 41 counties. Out of the total deaths, 1,089 have occurred in residents of nursing or personal care facilities, about 63.5 percent.

Three nursing homes or personal care facilities in Dauphin County have reported cases, affecting 88 residents and 13 employees. Neither The Middletown Home nor Frey Village had reported cases.

Of the total cases, 2,519 are in health care workers.

As of Tuesday morning, 2,777 patients are hospitalized because of the coronavirus, and 611 have required the use of a ventilator.

Across the state, 47 percent of hospital beds, 40 percent of intensive care unit beds and almost 70 percent of ventilators are still available.

Some of the hardest-hit counties: Philadelphia County is up to 11,604 cases and 276 deaths, 2 more than Monday. Montgomery County has 4,043 cases and 249 deaths, an increase of 17 from Monday. Lehigh County has 2,685 with 64 deaths, an increase of 8 from Monday, and Luzerne has 2,078 with 74 deaths, an increase of 3 from Monday. Delaware County has 3,463 cases and 161 deaths, an increase of 19 from Monday. Bucks County has 2,643 cases and 164 deaths, an increase of 16. Allegheny County has 1,235 cases and 87 deaths, an increase of 8 from Monday.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Sunday confirmed 1,116 additional positive cases. Saturday, it was 1,397 additional positive cases. Friday, it was 1,599 cases, and on Thursday 1,369. There were 1,156 reported April 22, 1,296 on April 21, 948 on April 20, 1,215 on April 19, 1,628 on April 18 and 1,706 on April 17. On April 16, there were 1,245 additional cases reported. On April 15, there were 1,145, with 1,146 on April 14, 1,366 on April 13 and 1,178 on April 12. There were 1,676 additional positive cases reported April 11, 1,751 on April 10, 1,989 on April 9, 1,680 on April 8, 1,579 on April 7, 1,470 on April 6, 1,493 on April 5, 1,597 on April 4, 1,404 on April 3, and 1,211 on April 2. The total was 962 on April 1.

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, 38 percent

• 50 to 64 years, 27 percent

• 65 and older, 26 percent

Percentages may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

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.”