The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 560 new cases of the novel coronavirus Thursday — the biggest jump the state has seen in one day, and a clear indication that documented cases will keep rising for the foreseeable future.
The newest numbers bring the state total to 1,687 in 48 counties, with 16 deaths. The rising figure also reflects the increase in overall testing for the coronavirus, with more than 16,000 negative tests as of Thursday, a jump of about 5,000.
In southcentral Pennsylvania, York and Lancaster counties both have 21 confirmed cases, while Cumberland has 15 cases and Dauphin 13. Adams County has 7 cases, while Franklin County has 5 and Lebanon has 4.
Amid Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown of many businesses, people are still adapting to this normal — and even church is being canceled.
The Diocese of Harrisburg announced Thursday that no masses would be held during Holy Week or Easter Sunday this year.
Meanwhile, state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, said the Liquor Control Board is looking into a “soft reopening” of liquor stores with a delivery or curbside pickup model.
Coronavirus counter: Map of Pa. counties, confirmed cases over time, increased testing
Corman said he didn’t know if the agency had picked a date. Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the stores closed after March 17 as part of the cascade of shutdowns he has ordered of nonessential businesses and government services to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Wolf’s administration has not publicly discussed any plans to reopen the roughly 600 state-owned wine and liquor stores.
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On the federal level, the U.S. Senate passed a $2 trillion emergency aid packagelate Wednesday.
President Trump is expected to sign the stimulus proposal — which would grant many Americans $1,200 checks from the government — if it passes the House on Friday.
The plan to help families and businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic comes as confirmed cases in America surpassed 79,000, leading to 1,124 deaths.
$1,200 cash payments, help for businesses: Here’s what’s in the historic stimulus package for coronavirus
In other news Thursday:
- Just Born, the Bethlehem-based confections company most famous for making marshmallow Peeps, has shut down its Bethlehem and Philadelphia production facilities through April 7 in light of coronavirus concerns. The company said it had produced and shipped the Easter supply of Peeps to outlets before the shutdown.
- Pennsylvania State Police issued another 13 warnings to non-life-sustaining businesses who remained open Wednesday. Through three days, 57 warnings but no citations have been issued by state police.
- President Trump declared New Jersey to be a major disaster area due to the pandemic on Thursday. This will allow New Jersey to get additional money and resources to fight the spread of the disease, which has claimed at least 62 lives in the Garden State.
- Because of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has postponed the Oct. 1 deadline for upgrading to the identification you’ll eventually need to board a plane. Here’s what Pennsylvanians need to know to get a Real ID driver’s license.
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How many coronavirus cases does Pa. have?
Pennsylvania has had 1,687 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus as of Thursday, according to the Department of Health. Here’s a look at the numbers in Pennsylvania:
Confirmed cases: 1,687
New cases: 560 new as of March 26
Counties with at least one case: 48
Patients who tested negative: 16,441
Pa. coronavirus cases by county
Here are how many confirmed cases and deaths each county in Pennsylvania has as of March 26:
- Adams County: 7
- Allegheny County: 133 (2 deaths)
- Armstrong County: 1
- Beaver County: 13
- Berks County: 36
- Blair County: 1
- Bradford County: 2
- Bucks County: 107
- Butler County: 19 (1 death)
- Cambria County: 1
- Carbon County: 2
- Centre County: 9
- Chester County: 84
- Columbia County: 3
- Crawford County: 1
- Cumberland County: 15
- Dauphin: 13
- Delaware County: 156
- Erie County: 4
- Fayette: 8
- Franklin County: 5
- Greene: 3
- Juniata County: 1
- Lackawanna County: 28 (2 death)
- Lancaster County: 21
- Lebanon County: 4
- Lehigh County: 63 (1 death)
- Luzerne County: 36 (1 death)
- Lycoming County: 1
- Mercer: 3
- Monroe County: 67 (2 death)
- Montgomery County: 282 (2 deaths)
- Montour County: 4
- Northampton County: 56 (3 deaths)
- Philadelphia County: 402 (1 death)
- Pike County: 15
- Potter County: 1
- Schuylkill: 9
- Somerset County: 2
- Warren: 1
- Washington County: 12
- Wayne County: 6
- Westmoreland County: 24
- York County: 21
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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