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Pennsylvania reports only 13 additional coronavirus deaths; 61 percent of total to date in nursing homes


The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed there are 1,116 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 41,165, but only 13 more deaths than Saturday.

All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases. All people with confirmed cases are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

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The state is reporting 1,550 deaths, only 13 more than Saturday. On Saturday, the state reported a total of 1,537 deaths. The state reported 1,492 deaths Friday — 1,463 confirmed, and 29 probable. It reported 1,394 confirmed and 27 probable on Thursday.

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

There are 157,428 patients who have tested negative to date.

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 homes statewide, there are 6,813 resident cases of COVID-19, and 822 cases among employees, for a total of 7,635 at 431 facilities in 40 counties. Out of the total deaths, 952 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities — 61.4 percent.

Overall, Dauphin County has 519 cases, up from 492 on Saturday. Dauphin County remains at 18 total deaths.

Three nursing homes or personal care facilities in Dauphin County have reported coronavirus cases, affecting 75 residents and 13 employees, with 9 of the 18 deaths in those facilities. Neither The Middletown Home or Frey Village had reported cases.

In Lancaster County, deaths remained at 74 on Sunday. Lancaster County now has 1,577 cases, up from 1,501 on Saturday.

York County’s death total remained at 8 Sunday. It has 593 cases, up from 578 on Saturday. Cumberland County’s deaths remained at 8, and 267 cases Sunday, up from 250.

Some of the hardest-hit counties: Philadelphia County is up to 11,152 cases and 272 deaths, the same number of deaths as Saturday. Montgomery County has 3,733 cases and 217 deaths, an increase of 3 from Saturday. Lehigh County has 2,601 with 51 deaths, an increase of 1 from Saturday, and Luzerne has 2,008 with 67 deaths, an increase of 1 from Saturday. Delaware County has 3,281 cases and 141 deaths, an increase of 1 from Saturday. Bucks County has 2,504 cases and 141 deaths, an increase of 5. Allegheny County has 1,211 cases and 73 deaths, the same as Saturday.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Saturday confirmed 1,397 additional positive cases. Friday, it was 1,599 cases, and on Thursday 1,369. There were 1,156 reported Wednesday, 1,296 on Tuesday, 948 on Monday, 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.

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.”