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The coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of the Summer Olympics on Tuesday as confirmed cases in the U.S. and Pennsylvania continued to rise, a reflection of increased testing.
It’s the first time in modern Olympics history that a global health issue has disrupted the games. The International Olympic Committee and Japanese government agreed to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics “to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021.”
The U.S. had almost 46,500 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, trailing only Italy and China. Experts say confirmed cases reflect how much testing is done, and as the U.S. gets more tests, more confirmed cases are expected.
Pennsylvania’s confirmed cases increased to more than 851 on Tuesday, a spike of 207 new cases since Monday. Testing has also increased in the state — with 8,643 negative tests so far, a one-day increase of 2,000.
York County now has the most cases in southcentral Pennsylvania with 18, passing Cumberland County, which has 13.
“We are continuing to see this exponential rise… We are seeing a double approximately every 2 or 3 days,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “The purpose of the governor’s mitigation strategy, is try to prevent that peak that could overwhelm our healthcare system.
The 200 new cases are the biggest day-over-day jump that Pennsylvania has seen so far. However, it pales in comparison to surrounding states like New York and New Jersey.
In just one day, the number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey has jumped from 1,914 to 2,844, making it the state with the second most cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data. New York has more than 23,000 coronavirus patients.
Pennsylvania State Police said Tuesday that troopers had issued 27 warnings to businesses Monday, the first day of enforcing Gov. Tom Wolf’s order for non-life-sustaining businesses to close.
Six of the warnings were issued by troops in southcentral Pennsylvania, including four by Troop H, which covers Perry, Cumberland, Dauphin, Adams and Franklin counties.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania’s state corrections officers’ union wants the state prison system to stop all transfers of inmates as a preventative measure against potential spread of the new coronavirus from one institution to another
Larry Blackwell, the president of the 11,000-member corrections officers’ union, said Tuesday that moving inmates between prisons risks unnecessarily spreading the virus to an institution, where it will be very difficult to stop it from spreading to other inmates and employees.
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“The governor has called for all non-essential movement to halt, and this isn’t essential,” Blackwell said. “And the governor has the authority to shut down the movement of these prisoners. The counties, the state, let’s just freeze everything until we figure out what’s going on.”
The Department of Corrections has shut down some routine transfers between prisons, according to prison and union officials. But the department is emptying Retreat state prison in northeastern Pennsylvania of hundreds of inmates by transferring them to other prisons, and it announced Monday that it will use Retreat as the reception facility for new male commitments from county jails and for male parole violators.
In other news Tuesday:
► Sheetz has temporarily suspended its self-serve beverages including coffee, fountain beverages, fresh brewed tea, frozen drinks and F’Real milkshakes. Self-serve bakery items like muffins and doughnuts are also suspended.
► U.S. Attorney David J. Freed of the Middle District of Pennsylvania urged the public to report any suspected fraud schemes related to the coronavirus.
► Gov. Wolf office issued a press release Tuesday that the stay-at-home order issued to certain counties Monday was being revised to include Erie County, bringing the total of counties under the order up to eight.
How many coronavirus cases does Pa. have?
Pennsylvania has had 851 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus as of Tuesday, according to the Department of Health. Here’s a look at the numbers in Pennsylvania:
Confirmed cases: 851
New cases: 207 on March 24
Counties with at least one case: 40
Patients who tested negative: 8,643
Pa. coronavirus cases by county
Here are how many confirmed cases and deaths each county in Pennsylvania has:
- Adams County: 6
- Allegheny County: 58 (2 deaths)
- Armstrong County: 1
- Beaver County: 3
- Berks County: 16
- Bradford County: 1
- Bucks County: 65
- Butler County: 6
- Cambria County: 1
- Carbon County: 1
- Centre County: 7
- Chester County: 40
- Columbia County: 1
- Cumberland County: 13
- Dauphin: 4
- Delaware County: 84
- Erie County: 4
- Fayette: 2
- Franklin County: 3
- Juniata County: 1
- Lackawanna County: 15 (1 death)
- Lancaster County: 10
- Lebanon County: 3
- Lehigh County: 27
- Luzerne County: 21
- Mercer: 2
- Monroe County: 45 (1 death)
- Montgomery County: 144 (1 death)
- Montour County: 3
- Northampton County: 33 (2 deaths)
- Philadelphia County: 177
- Pike County: 4
- Potter County: 1
- Schuylkill: 5
- Somerset County: 1
- Washington County: 9
- Wayne County: 4
- Westmoreland County: 11
- York County: 18
Coronavirus symptoms, testing
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 for guidance, including whether you should be tested.
Preventing the spread
There is currently neither a vaccine nor an approved treatment for the new, or novel, coronavirus. While many people might only get mild symptoms, older adults and those who already have medical issues can end up with more serious complications. There’s concern that a fast spread of the virus could overwhelm the health system to provide care, including the need for respirators in serious cases.
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.” It’s best to keep six feet apart from other people you don’t live with.
USA Today and The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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