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Unfortunate milestones: Pennsylvania coronavirus cases top 40,000, deaths surpass 1,500


The number of coronavirus cases and the number of deaths in Pennsylvania both passed milestones Saturday, with the total reported cases topping 40,000 and the number of deaths passing 1,500.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed there are 1,397 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 40,049. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases.

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The state is reporting 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 number of deaths in the state has gone up and down this week as the Department of Health has varied how it has reported them, including the number of probable coronavirus-related deaths.

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

There are 152,886 patients who have tested negative to date. All people who tested positive are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

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.

Of the total cases, 2,278 are in health care workers.

There are 2,746 currently hospitalized with COVID-19, and 662 have required the use of a ventilator.

Overall, Dauphin County has 492 cases, up from 468 on Friday. Dauphin County reported 1 fewer deaths, bringing its total down to 18. The death was removed from the total at nursing homes or personal care homes, bringing the total for such facilities in the county to 9.

Three such facilities in Dauphin County have reported coronavirus cases, affecting 68 residents and 13 employees. Neither The Middletown Home or Frey Village had reported cases as of this week.

In Lancaster County, deaths remained at 74 on Saturday. Lancaster County now has 1,501 cases, up from 1,451 on Friday.

York County’s death total remained at 8 Saturday. It has 578 cases, up from 563 on Friday. Cumberland County’s deaths remained at 8, and 250 cases Saturday, up from 240.

Some of the hardest-hit counties: Philadelphia County is up to 10,893 cases and 272 deaths, the same number of deaths as Friday. Montgomery County has 3,627 cases and 214 deaths, an increase of 6 from Friday. Lehigh County has 2,551 with 50 deaths, an increase of 1 from Friday, and Luzerne has 1,962 with 66 deaths, an increase of 4 from Friday. Delaware County has 3,161 cases and 140 deaths, the same as Friday. Bucks County has 2,421 cases and 136 deaths, an increase of 8. Allegheny County has 1,198 cases and 73 deaths, an increase of 2.

Statewide as of Saturday, 47 percent of hospital beds, 40 percent of intensive care unit beds and nearly 70 percent of ventilators are available.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 6,544 resident cases of COVID-19, and 782 cases among employees, for a total of 7,326 at 425 facilities in 40 counties. Out of the total deaths, 942 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Friday confirmed 1,599 additional positive cases, and on Thursday 1,369. There were 1,156 reported Wednesday, 1,296 on Tuesday, 948 on Monday, 1,215 on Sunday, 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, 28 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.”