Pa. Health Dept.: 83 New Positive Cases Of Coronavirus Confirmed, Statewide Total Jumps To 268

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 83 new positive cases of Coronavirus on Friday afternoon.

That now brings the statewide total to 268.

State Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said: “Our notable increase in cases over the last few days and our first death in Pennsylvania indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously. Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”

Locally, in Allegheny County, there are nine new confirmed case.

State health officials are also confirming two more cases in Westmoreland County, bringing the total there to four, and an additional case in Beaver County. There are also now cases in Centre, Erie and Franklin counties.

At an afternoon, press conference, Dr. Rachel Levine told Pennsylvanians that health officials are still concerned about the high-risk to seniors, but a preliminary analysis from the CDC shows 20 percent of all hospitalized patients in the U.S. are 20 to 44 years old.

“We are seriously concerned that individuals aged 20 to 44 are not heeding the message to stay home and are creating an unnecessary risk to themselves and to others,” Dr. Levine says. “This could lead to significant impact on our health care system.”

“The one thing you can do to control the spread of the virus is to stay home and limit your interactions to your immediate family,” she went on to say.

Here are the latest numbers from across the state:

  • Adams 4
  • Beaver 3​
  • Berks 5
  • Bucks 16​
  • Centre 1
  • Chester 17
  • Cumberland 11
  • Delaware 23​
  • Erie 1​ ​​
  • Franklin ​1​
  • Lackawanna 4​
  • Lancaster 2
  • Lebanon ​1
  • Lehigh 2
  • Luzerne 2
  • Monroe 19
  • Montgomery 59
  • Northampton 10
  • Philadelphia 42
  • Pike 2​
  • Potter ​1
  • Washington 3
  • Wayne 1​
  • Westmoreland 4​
  • York 6

State health officials say are 2,574 patients who have tested negative for the virus. One virus-related death was reported on Wednesday in Northampton County.

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