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Pennsylvania sees huge jump in coronavirus deaths, as total number of cases tops 10,000

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Pennsylvania saw its largest increase by far in coronavirus deaths in numbers released Saturday — 34, for 136 deaths total from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state Department of Health also reported the largest one-day increase in new cases — 1,597, for a total of 10,017.

State Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine said there is no evidence that the number of cases is slowing.

“The continued rise in cases combined with our increasing deaths from COVID-19 reflects the seriousness of this situation,” she said. “We need everyone to listen to the orders in place and to stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We know that these prolonged mitigation effects have been difficult for everyone, but it is essential that everyone follows these orders and does not go out unless they absolutely must.”

Since March 6, 1,004 have been hospitalized, about 10 percent of known cases; 276 hospitalized have required being placed in intensive care; and 170 have required a ventilator.

Of the total cases, 489 are in health care workers, and 14 percent of the 695 licensed nursing facilities in the state have at least one case.

All deaths have been adult cases.

The new reported deaths Saturday include 10 in Philadelphia County, 6 in Montgomery, 4 in Beaver, 1 in Berks, 3 in Bucks, 3 in Delaware, 2 in Lackawanna, 2 in Lehigh, 1 in Monroe, 1 in Allegheny and 1 in Northampton.

Dauphin County increased from 79 cases on Friday to 99 on Saturday, with 1 death overall. York County went from 121 cases to 144 cases, with 1 death overall. Lancaster County went from 232 to 291, with 5 total deaths. Cumberland County went from 45 to 54 cases, with 2 total deaths.

The counties with the most number of cases continue to be in southeast Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh area. Philadelphia County is up to 2,610 cases and 24 deaths, and Montgomery County has 982 cases and 17 deaths. Lehigh County has seen a large amount of new cases in recent days, up to 804 with 7 deaths, and Luzerne has 648 with 5 deaths. Allegheny County has 552 cases and 3 deaths.

Cases have been reported in 64 counties of the state’s 67 counties. Clinton and Sullivan reported cases Saturday. Elk, Fulton and Jefferson are the only counties without reported cases.

There have been 60,013 negative tests for the coronavirus.

The number of cases increased statewide by 1,404 on Friday, 1,211 on Thursday, 962 on Wednesday, 756 on Tuesday, 693 on Monday, 649 on Sunday, 533 on March 28, 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, 1 percent

• 25 to 49 years, 19 percent

• 50 to 64 years, 28 percent

• 65 and older, 51 percent

Percentages may not total 100 percent due to rounding

 

County numbers

• Adams (21, up 2)

• Allegheny (552, up 76, 3 deaths)

• Armstrong (12, up 1)

• Beaver (69, up 4, 6 deaths)

• Bedford (4, up 1)

• Berks (235, up 34, 2 deaths)

• Blair (5, up 1)

• Bradford (10, up 1)

• Bucks (488, up 42, 11 deaths)

• Butler (84, up 9, 2 deaths)

• Cambria (6, up 2)

• Cameron (1, no change)

• Carbon (46, up 12, 1 death)

• Centre (39, up 7)

• Chester (250, up 24, 2 deaths)

• Clarion (4, no change)

• Clearfield (7, up 2)

• Clinton (1, first case)

• Columbia (20, up 5)

• Crawford (5, no change)

• Cumberland (54, up 9, 2 deaths)

• Dauphin (99, up 20, 1 death)

• Delaware (616, up 74, 13 deaths)

• Erie (19, up 2)

• Fayette (23, up 3, 1 death)

• Forest (2, up 1)

• Franklin (27, up 1)

• Greene (12, up 1)

• Huntingdon (4, up 1)

• Indiana (9, up 2)

• Juniata (7, up 2)

• Lackawanna (146, up 27, 6 deaths)

• Lancaster (291, up 59, 5 deaths)

• Lawrence (22, up 3, 2 deaths)

• Lebanon (87, up 33)

• Lehigh (804, up 220, 7 deaths)

• Luzerne (648, up 164, 5 deaths)

• Lycoming (10, up 2)

• McKean (1, no change)

• Mercer (14, up 4)

• Mifflin (4, up 2)

• Monroe (484, up 87, 11 deaths)

• Montgomery (982, up 107, 17 deaths)

• Montour (19, up 3)

• Northampton (588, up 122, 11 deaths)

• Northumberland (9, up 1)

• Perry (5, up 1, 1 death)

• Philadelphia (2,610, up 326, 24 deaths)

• Pike (97, up 14, 1 death)

• Potter (3, up 1)

• Schuylkill (77, up 14)

• Snyder (6, up 2, 1 death)

• Somerset (3, no change)

• Sullivan (1, first case)

• Susquehanna (5, up 1)

• Tioga (3, no change)

• Union (5, up 2)

• Venango (3, no change)

• Warren (1, no change)

• Washington (46, up 6)

• Wayne (28, up 5)

• Westmoreland (135, up 25)

• Wyoming (5, up 2)

• York (144, up 23, 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.