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With 276 positive cases of the new coronavirus reported Wednesday afternoon, Pennsylvania’s statewide total soared passed 1,000 and the death toll rose to 11.
The rising number of patients both in the state and nationwide are partly a result of increased testing. As of Wednesday, 11,193 patients tested negative for the virus in Pennsylvania, a one-day increase of about 2,500.
Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order was increased to include two more counties. The revised order includes: Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia counties.
The amended order goes into effect at 8 p.m. and will remain until April 6.
As the White House and Senate agreed to a stimulus package Wednesday, state legislators in Pennsylvania voted to delay the primary because of the coronavirus pandemic.
After five days of negotiations, the White House and the Senate agreed on a $2 trillion stimulus package early Wednesday for most Americans.
The economic relief bill will give direct payments to most Americans, expand unemployment benefits and provide a $367 billion program for small businesses to keep making payroll while workers are forced to stay home.
Confirmed cases in America, now over 55,200, have been climbing at an exponential rate — especially in New York — and more are expected as the U.S. increases testing. Globally, almost 19,000 people have been killed by the virus according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard.
The measure to delay the primary by five weeks, potentially past the spike of the state’s spreading coronavirus cases, passed the state House and Senate on Wednesday. Wolf will sign it, his office said.
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With the change, Pennsylvania will hold its primary election on June 2, instead of April 28, when the state could be in the thick of a surge of coronavirus cases.
In addition to delaying the primary date, the legislation would give county election offices a head start on processing and tabulating mail-in ballots, and let counties consolidate polling places.
In other news:
- Pennsylvania firearms dealers may now sell their wares by individual appointment during limited hours as long as they comply with social distancing guidelines and take other measures to protect employees and customers from the coronavirus, the governor’s office said.
- Gov. Tom Wolf also ordered residents of Erie County, in the state’s northwestern corner, to remain at home with few exceptions, in another sign of the virus’s rapid spread across Pennsylvania.
- PECO is extending customer support and is providing electric service to previously disconnected customers.
- In an effort to adhere to Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to close non-life-sustaining businesses, Pennsylvania State Police issued 17 warnings to businesses Tuesday, which brings the total to 44.
- Prince Charles has tested positive, and is resting comfortably in Scotland. He last saw his mother, Queen Elizabeth, on March 12.
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How many coronavirus cases does Pa. have?
Pennsylvania has had 1,127 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus as of Wednesday, according to the Department of Health. Here’s a look at the numbers in Pennsylvania:
Confirmed cases: 1,127
New cases: 276 as of March 25
Counties with at least one case: 44
Patients who tested negative: 11,193
Pa. coronavirus cases by county
Here are how many confirmed cases and deaths each county in Pennsylvania has as of March 25:
- Adams County: 6
- Allegheny County: 88 (2 deaths)
- Armstrong County: 1
- Beaver County: 7
- Berks County: 16
- Bradford County: 1
- Bucks County: 86
- Butler County: 12
- Cambria County: 1
- Carbon County: 1
- Centre County: 8
- Chester County: 54
- Columbia County: 1
- Cumberland County: 13
- Dauphin: 10
- Delaware County: 101
- Erie County: 4
- Fayette: 4
- Franklin County: 5
- Greene: 2
- Juniata County: 1
- Lackawanna County: 18 (2 death)
- Lancaster County: 12
- Lebanon County: 3
- Lehigh County: 38
- Luzerne County: 27 (1 death)
- Mercer: 2
- Monroe County: 51 (1 death)
- Montgomery County: 172 (1 death)
- Montour County: 4
- Northampton County: 44 (3 deaths)
- Philadelphia County: 257 (1 death)
- Pike County: 9
- Potter County: 1
- Schuylkill: 6
- Somerset County: 2
- Warren: 1
- Washington County: 9
- Wayne County: 4
- Westmoreland County: 16
- York County: 20
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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