PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 52 new positive cases of Coronavirus on Thursday afternoon.
That now brings the statewide total to 185.
According to the state Health Department, all patients are either quarantined at home or being treated in a hospital.
All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.
— PA Department of Health (@PAHealthDept) March 19, 2020
Health officials confirmed the state’s first coronavirus-related death on Wednesday. The victim is from Northampton County.
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 six new confirmed case this Wednesday.
State health officials also confirm the first two cases in Westmoreland County, and an additional case in Washington County.
At a press conference held Thursday afternoon, Dr. Levine reiterated how important it is for businesses to close and people to stay home: “Business participation in our mitigation strategies are essential.”
“We are keenly aware of the economic impact of this pandemic, but the human toll could be much, much worse,” Dr. Levine went on to say.
“We have a real chance of slowing the spread of this virus if we all just stay home and limit our exposure to one another.”
Here are the numbers from other Pennsylvania counties:
- Adams 1
- Beaver 2
- Berks 1
- Bucks 12
- Chester 10
- Cumberland 11
- Delaware 14
- Lackawanna 2
- Lancaster 2
- Lebanon 1
- Lehigh 1
- Luzerne 1
- Monroe 15
- Montgomery 47
- Northampton 5
- Philadelphia 33
- Pike 3
- Washington 3
- Wayne 1
- Westmoreland 2
- York 2
The state Health Department says there are 1,608 patients who have tested negative for the virus.
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