To slow the spread of the coronavirus, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close their physical locations March 19. York Daily Record
Pennsylvania confirmed its second coronavirus-related death Saturday morning, according to the department of health.
An adult from Allegheny County, who was being treated at a hospital has died.
Due to confidentiality laws, no other information has been released at this time.
The state’s number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus increased to 371 on Saturday, a spike of 103 cases since the day before, according to the DOH. Even higher numbers are expected in the coming days with increased testing throughout the state.
More than 170 cases are in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. In southcentral Pennsylvania, Franklin County reported its first case Friday, while as of Saturday, York County had nine cases, Adams had four cases, Lebanon had two, Cumberland had 11 and Lancaster had four. The City of York confirmed it had two of York County’s cases.
Governor’s shutdown order
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf released an updated list of “life-sustaining businesses” Friday evening that are permitted to remain open and delayed enforcement of his closure order until Monday.
On Thursday, Governor Wolf ordered that all “non-life-sustaining” businesses in Pennsylvania close their physical locations to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Business owners who feel they should be allowed to remain open should seek a waiver by filling out an online application.
In other news Saturday:
Pa. coronavirus cases by county
Here’s how many cases each county has, according to figures released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as of March 21:
- Statewide total: 371
- Montgomery County: 71
- Philadelphia County: 69
- Allegheny County: 31 (1 death)
- Delaware County: 33
- Monroe County: 25
- Chester County: 19
- Bucks County: 24
- Cumberland County: 11
- Northampton County: 17 (1 death)
- York County: 9
- Berks County: 7
- Adams County: 4
- Lackawanna County: 5
- Beaver County: 3
- Washington County: 5
- Lancaster County: 4
- Lehigh County: 13
- Luzerne County: 6
- Pike County: 2
- Westmoreland County: 4
- Centre County: 1
- Franklin County: 1
- Lebanon County: 2
- Potter County: 1
- Wayne County: 1
- Butler County: 1
- Erie County: 1
- Montour County: 1
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus and what should you do?
According to the CDC, reported illnesses from COVID-19 have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.
Fever, cough and shortness of breath might appear 2 to 14 days after you’ve been exposed to the virus.
If you think you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your primary healthcare provider immediately.
With further spread of the virus and disruptions to everyday life expected, officials remind residents to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
You should also cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow (not your hands), clean surfaces that are frequently touched (such as countertops, light switches and phones), and stay home if you are sick.
People are also asked not to attend large gatherings and to practice “social distancing.”
There is currently neither a vaccine nor an approved treatment for the new, or novel, coronavirus.
While younger people may experience the illness as a bad cold with a fever, the concern is that older people and those who have additional medical conditions will develop a more severe form of COVID-19.
As the disease spreads widely in the population, that could lead to a high number of patients requiring hospitalization for pneumonia or acute lung problems that require the use of a ventilator to breathe.
USA Today and The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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