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Statewide, only 26 new coronavirus deaths reported, but Dauphin County number goes up


The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 962 additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus Sunday, bringing the statewide total to 49,267, and only 26 additional deaths, the fewest reported for one day in weeks, for 2,444 total.

However, 3 of the deaths reported Sunday were in Dauphin County, bringing its total to 28. Of those 28, 21 have have been in nursing homes or personal care homes. It has 634 cases, up from 617 on Saturday.

Breakdown for Sunday, May 3: Some regions report no new deaths, few additional COVID-19 cases

Cumberland County reported 1 additional death, for 18 total; with 16 in nursing homes or personal care homes. The county has 373 cases, up from 365 Saturday.

Lancaster County remained at 112 deaths, with 89 in nursing homes or personal care homes. It has 1,936 cases, up from 1,904 on Saturday. York remained at 11, with 1 in a nursing home or personal care facility; it has 679 cases, up from 651. Lebanon County’s death total also remained the same, 10. It has 735 cases, up from 710 cases. Of its 10 deaths, 5 are in nursing homes or personal care homes.

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

Three nursing homes or personal care facilities in Dauphin County have reported cases, affecting 105 residents and 25 employees. The state had been reporting last week that four such facilities had cases; the reduction to 3 was not explained.

Statewide, there have been 191,374 negative tests.

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, there are 9,122 resident cases of COVID-19, and 1,194 cases among employees, for a total of 10,316 at 492 facilities in 44 counties. Out of the total deaths, 1,635 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities — about 66.9 percent.

Some of the hardest-hit counties: Philadelphia County is up to 13,197 cases and 423 deaths, 1 more than the day before. Montgomery County has 4,552 cases and 381 deaths, an increase of 12. Lehigh County has 2,924 with 83 deaths, no increase in deaths, and Luzerne has 2,240 with 97 deaths, also no increase. Delaware County has 4,113 cases and 255 deaths, no increase. Bucks County has 3,286 cases and 240 deaths, an increase of 3. Allegheny County has 1,345 cases and 102 deaths, the same number of deaths as the previous day.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 1,334 additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Saturday. Friday, the state reported 1,208. It reported 1,397 Thursday, 1,102 on Wednesday, and on Tuesday 1,214, following 885 on Monday and 1,116 on April 26.

On April 25, it was 1,397 additional positive cases. On April 24, it was 1,599 cases, and on April 23, 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, 27 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.”