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Total Pa. coronavirus cases tops 60,000 as data reconciliation leads to another large death total

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed 986 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 60,622 in all 67 counties.

The state is reporting 4,342 total deaths, an increase of 124 new deaths. Of the 124, 89 were a result of reconciliation of its data over the last several weeks; 35 of the deaths were ones reported to the department within the last few days, according to the Department of Health.

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The department reported 275 deaths on Thursday, 44 occurring overnight and the remaining 231 during the past several weeks, the department said.

The highest one-day increase in total cases statewide remains 1,989 on April 9. Friday’s increase was about a 1.7 percent increase from the previous day.

The rate of infection has been declining over the last 14 days, but there are still pocket of outbreaks, Health Secretary Rachel Levine said Friday.

On Sunday, the department confirmed to the Press & Journal the death of an 18-year-old as the youngest person to die in Pennsylvania from the coronavirus.

Dauphin County’s total deaths went up 1 to 41 on Friday. Of those, 26 have been in nursing homes or personal care homes, the same as reported Thursday. It has 912 cases, up from 895 on Thursday.

Three nursing homes or personal care facilities in Dauphin County have reported cases, affecting 229 residents (up from 217 the previous day) and 49 employees (an increase of 1). Neither The Middletown Home nor Frey Village have cases, they have told the Press & Journal.

Lancaster County’s death total increased by 3 to 186. Of those, 163 have been in nursing homes or personal care homes, 4 more than Thursday. It has 2,428 cases, up from 2,364 on Thursday. Of those total cases, 608 are in nursing home or personal care home residents, up from 578, and 174 are in employees of those facilities, up from 156 the previous day. It has 32 facilities reporting cases.

Cumberland County’s deaths increased by 4 to 41. The county has 492 cases, up from 477 on Thursday. Of those total cases, 239 are in nursing home or personal care home residents, an increase of 7, and 57 are employees of those facilities, the same as Thursday. It has 8 facilities reporting cases.

York County deaths increased by 1 to 16, with 3 in a nursing home or personal care facility, the same as Thursday; it has 828 cases, up from 817 on Thursday. Of the 828 cases, only 10 are in nursing home or personal care home residents, and 4 are employees of those facilities. It has 6 facilities reporting cases.

Lebanon County’s death total stayed at 19. Of those, 13 are in nursing homes or personal care homes, the same as the previous day. It has 863 cases, up from 856 Thursday. Of those, only 81 are in nursing home or personal care home residents, an increase of 3, and 14 are employees of those facilities, an increase of 1. It has 4 facilities reporting cases.

Statewide, most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 12,937 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,039 cases among employees, for a total of 14,976 at 550 facilities in 44 counties. Out of the total deaths, 2,991 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities — about 68.9 percent.

Approximately 4,349 of the total cases are in health care workers. The total cases involve 2,369 positive cases in the food industry at 150 facilities statewide.

Statewide, there have been 259,210 negative tests.

Of the positive cases in the state, 33,184, or 55 percent, are women, with 2,183 deaths; and 26,784, 44 percent, are men, with 2,141 deaths. There are 651 cases not reported as either gender, with 18 deaths, and 3 cases reported as neither gender.

Some of the hardest-hit counties: Philadelphia County continues to by far has the most cases, up to 15,835 and 1,004 deaths, an increase of 4 from Thursday. Montgomery County has 5,697 cases and 608 deaths, an increase of 21. Delaware County has 5,409 cases and 466 deaths, an increase of 18 from the previous day. Bucks County has 4,325 cases and 410 deaths, an increase of 15. Lehigh County has 3,396 with 136 deaths, an increase of 3, and Luzerne has 2,491 with 127 deaths, an increase of 3. Allegheny County has 1,582 cases and 141 deaths, an increase of 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, 37 percent

• 50 to 64 years, 26 percent

• 65 and older, 28 percent

Percentages may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

Previous additional cases and totals

May 14: 938 new; 59,636 total; 1.6 percent increase

May 13: 707 new; 58,698 total; 1.2 percent increase

May 12: 837 new; 57,991 total; 1.5 percent increase

May 11: 543 new; 57,154 total; less than 1 percent increase

May 10: 1,295 new; 56,611 total; 2.3 percent increase

May 9: 1,078 new; 55,316 total; 2 percent increase

May 8: 1,323 new; 54,238 total; 2.5 percent increase

May 7: 1,070 new; 52,915 total; 2.5 percent increase

May 6: 888 new; 51,845 total; 1.7 percent increase

May 5: 865 new; 50,957 total; 1.7 percent increase

May 4: 825 new; 50,092 total; 1.7 percent increase

May 3: 962 new; 49,267 total; 2 percent increase

May 2: 1,334 new; 48,305 total; 2.8 percent increase

May 1: 1,208 new; 46,971 total; 2.6 percent increase

April 30: 1,397 new; 45,763 total; 3.1 percent increase

April 29: 1,102 new; 44,366 total; 2.5 percent increase

April 28: 1,214 new; 43,264 total; 2.9 percent increase

April 27: 885 new; 42,050 total; 2.1 percent increase

April 26: 1,116 new; 41,165 total; 2.8 percent increase

April 25: 1,397 new; 40,049 total; 3.6 percent increase

April 24: 1,599 new; 38,652 total; 4.3 percent increase

April 23: 1,369 new; 37,053 total; 3.8 percent increase

April 22: 1,156 new; 35,684 total; 3.3 percent increase

April 21: 1,296 new; 34,528 total; 3.9 percent increase

April 20: 948 new; 33,232 total; 2.9 percent increase

April 19: 1,215 new; 32,284 total; 3.9 percent increase

April 18: 1,628 new; 31,069 total; 5.5 percent increase

April 17: 1,706 new; 29,441 total; 6.2 percent increase

April 16: 1,245 new; 27,735 total; 4.7 percent increase

April 15: 1,145 new; 26,490 total; 4.5 percent increase

April 14: 1,146 new; 25,345 total; 4.7 percent increase

April 13: 1,366 new; 24,199 total; 6 percent increase

April 12: 1,178 new; 22,833 total; 5.4 percent increase

April 11: 1,676 new; 21,655 total; 8.4 percent increase

April 10: 1,751 new; 19,979 total; 9.6 percent increase

April 9: 1,989 new (most for one day); 18,228 total; 12.2 percent increase

April 8: 1,680 new; 16,239 total; 11.5 percent increase

April 7: 1,579 new; 14,559 total; 12.2 percent increase

April 6: 1,470 new; 12,980 total; 12.8 percent increase

April 5: 1,493 new; 11,510 total; 14.9 percent increase

April 4: 1,597 new; 10,017 total; 19 percent increase

April 3: 1,404 new; 8,420 total; 16.7 percent increase

April 2: 1,211 new; 7,016 total; 20.9 percent increase

April 1: 962 new; 5,805 total;  19.9 percent increase

March 31: 756 new; 4,843 total; 18.5 percent increase

March 30: 693 new; 4,087 total; 20.4 percent increase

March 29: 649 new; 3,394 total; 23.6 percent increase

March 28: 533 new; 2,751 total; 24 percent increase

March 27: 531 new; 2,218 total; 31.5 percent increase

March 26: 560 new; 1,687 total; 49.7 percent increase

March 25: 276 new; 1,127 total; 32.4 percent increase

March 24: 207 new; 851 total; 32.1 percent increase

March 23: 165 new; 644 total; 34.4 percent increase

March 22: 108 new; 479 total; 29.1 percent increase

March 21: 103 new; 371 total; 38.4 percent increase

March 20: 83 new; 268 total;  44.9 percent increase

March 19: 52 new; 185 total; 39.1 percent increase

March 18: 37 new; 133 total

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.”