Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf expanded his stay-at-home order to include nine new counties Friday afternoon, as the state confirmed another 500 new cases of the coronavirus.
The stay-at-home order now includes 19 counties: Allegheny, Berks, Butler, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Northampton, Philadelphia, Wayne, Westmoreland, and York.
The revised order continues until at least April 6.
For the second day in a row, more than 500 new coronavirus cases were added to Pennsylvania’s total. Statewide, there are now 2,218 cases, and 22 Pennsylvanians have died from the virus.
The increase in cases reflects the rise in overall testing for the coronavirus with 21,016 patients testing negative as of Friday, which is a little over 5,000 more than the department’s last update.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health also reported an age breakdown of the patients who have tested positive:
- Less than 1% are aged 0-4;
- Less than 1% are aged 5-12;
- Nearly 2% are aged 13-18;
- 11% are aged 19-24;
- 40% are aged 25-49;
- Nearly 28% are aged 50-64; and
- 18% are age 65 or older.
Here’s how the ages break down in terms of those who are hospitalized with the coronavirus:
- Less than 1% are aged 0-4;
- 1% are aged 13-18;
- 3% are aged 19-24;
- 21% are aged 25-49;
- 27% are aged 50-64; and
- 48% are age 65 or older.
The number of Pennsylvania patients with coronavirus who are hospitalized has also spiked by 710 percent in one week.
There were 170 patients hospitalized as of Thursday, up from 21 a week ago, according to Nate Wardle, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
State health secretary Rachel Levine said 56 patients have been admitted to the intensive care unit and 32 of those patients have needed a ventilator.
Meanwhile, the U.S. now leads the globe with the most cases of the new coronavirus.
On Friday afternoon, the U.S. was nearing 100,000 cases of the coronavirus, with more than 1,400 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. Confirmed cases continue to go up exponentially as the U.S. ramps up testing. More than 580,000 people are known to have been infected globally, and more than 26,000 have died.
The U.S. House voted to pass a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package – the largest emergency aid bill in history – that will offer $1,200 checks to many Americans, extensive unemployment benefits for those out of work and financial relief to businesses and the health care industry hard-hit by the worsening crisis.
President Donald Trump signed the bill Friday afternoon.
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In other news Friday:
- Paul Frishkorn, a Philadelphia-based American Airlines flight attendant and union representative, died Monday from coronavirus, the airline confirmed Thursday.
- According to officials in the City of York, a cellphone distributor was cited for staying open and violating the order for non-life-sustaining businesses to close.
- Pennsylvania State Police issued 21 warnings to open businesses on Thursday, bringing the total to 78 to date. State police have not cited any businesses.
- Fanatics, the company that manufactures uniforms for Major League Baseball, is using its fabric to make masks and gowns for Pennsylvania hospitals, according to ESPN.
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Beware of stimulus scams
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro warned consumers to be alert for scammers who may try to take advantage of recent stimulus check news to steal personal information.
“Scammers go into overtime during uncertainty, and we’re doubling down to stop them and protect Pennsylvanians during this public health emergency,” Shapiro said. “Don’t take unsolicited calls that claim to be about the COVID-19 pandemic or the federal stimulus, and report suspicious emails and calls to my office to help protect yourself and others.”
Residents can file a complaint or report a scam to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How many coronavirus cases does Pa. have?
Pennsylvania has had 2,218 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus as of Friday, according to the Department of Health. Here’s a look at the numbers in Pennsylvania:
Confirmed cases: 2,218
New cases: 531 new as of March 27
Counties with at least one case: 50
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 27:
- Adams County: 8
- Allegheny County: 158 (2 deaths)
- Armstrong County: 1
- Beaver County: 14
- Berks County: 65
- Blair County: 1
- Bradford County: 2
- Bucks County: 124
- Butler County: 26 (1 death)
- Cambria County: 1
- Carbon County: 2
- Centre County: 11
- Chester County: 107
- Clearfield: 2
- Columbia County: 3
- Crawford County: 1
- Cumberland County: 16
- Dauphin: 18
- Delaware County: 183 (3 deaths)
- Erie County: 7
- Fayette: 9
- Franklin County: 5
- Greene: 4
- Indiana: 2
- Juniata County: 1
- Lackawanna County: 35 (2 death)
- Lancaster County: 33
- Lawrence: 4
- Lebanon County: 12
- Lehigh County: 93 (2 death)
- Luzerne County: 55 (2 death)
- Lycoming County: 2
- Mercer: 4
- Monroe County: 98 (2 death)
- Montgomery County: 374 (3 deaths)
- Montour County: 4
- Northampton County: 79 (3 deaths)
- Northumberland: 1
- Philadelphia County: 530 (2 death)
- Pike County: 23
- Potter County: 1
- Schuylkill: 13
- Somerset County: 2
- Susquehanna: 1
- Union: 1
- Warren: 1
- Washington County: 14
- Wayne County: 6
- Westmoreland County: 30
- York County: 29
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 contributed to this article.
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