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Gov. Tom Wolf has requested President Donald Trump declare Pa. a “major disaster area” due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected 3,394 people in the state, according to the Department of Health’s most recent numbers.
Pennsylvania’s new positive cases jumped another 643 since Saturday, and is now present in 58 counties.
On Saturday, central Pennsylvania had its first coronavirus-related deaths in Cumberland and Lancaster counties.
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center confirmed late Friday its first inpatient death associated with coronavirus. The deceased patient was in a high-risk category for COVID-19 mortality, according to a release from the hospital.
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.
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In other news Sunday:
- Confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in the United States surpassed 2,000 Saturday, according to the Washington Post and CNN.
- The CDC asked New York, New Jersey and Connecticut residents to refrain from non-essential travel for 14 days.
- An experimental coronavirus treatment is once again available to doctors under an expanded access program.
- 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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Wolf requests major disaster declaration from Trump
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf requested a major disaster declaration from President Donald Trump on Sunday through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fight the coronavirus outbreak, according to a news release.
Wolf is asking Trump for additional support for state, county and municipal governments, nonprofits and individuals.
If Wolf’s request is approved, the federal support will provide extensions to the same emergency protective measures available under the nationwide emergency proclamation: Individual assistance programs Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Community Disaster Loans and the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program; and Statewide Hazard Mitigation, according to the release.
How many coronavirus cases does Pa. have?
Pennsylvania has had 3,394 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus as of Sunday, according to the Department of Health. Here’s a look at the numbers in Pennsylvania:
Confirmed cases: 3,394
New cases: 643 new as of March 29
Counties with at least one case: 58
Patients who tested negative: 30,061
Pa. Coronavirus cases by county:
Here are how many confirmed cases and deaths each county in Pennsylvania has as of March 28:
- Adams County: 8
- Allegheny County: 265 (2 deaths)
- Armstrong County: 3
- Beaver County: 28
- Berks County: 68
- Blair County: 3
- Bradford County: 3
- Bucks County: 203 (1 death)
- Butler County: 47 (2 deaths)
- Cambria County: 1
- Cameron County: 1
- Carbon County: 9
- Centre County: 22
- Chester County: 137
- Clarion County: 1
- Clearfield County: 2
- Columbia County: 6
- Crawford County: 3
- Cumberland County: 22 (1 death)
- Dauphin County: 35
- Delaware County: 276 (4 deaths)
- Erie County: 7
- Fayette County: 10
- Franklin County: 11
- Greene County: 6
- Huntingdon County: 1
- Indiana County: 2
- Juniata County: 1
- Lackawanna County: 56 (2 deaths)
- Lancaster County: 67 (2 deaths)
- Lawrence County: 8 (1 death)
- Lebanon County: 19
- Lehigh County: 151 (3 deaths)
- Luzerne County: 94 (2 deaths)
- Lycoming County: 3
- Mercer County: 7
- Monroe County: 135 (3 deaths)
- Montgomery County: 488 (5 deaths)
- Montour County: 4
- Northampton County: 126 (4 deaths)
- Northumberland County: 1
- Perry County: 1
- Philadelphia County: 865 (5 death)
- Pike County: 33 (1 death)
- Potter County: 2
- Schuylkill County: 21
- Snyder County: 2
- Somerset County: 2
- Susquehanna: 1
- Tioga County: 1
- Venango County: 1
- Warren County: 1
- Washington County: 24
- Wayne County: 7
- Westmoreland County: 47
- York County: 43
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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