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As Pennsylvania confirmed another 1,211 cases of the new coronavirus Thursday, a health system based in the state said it’s moving closer to clinical trials on a vaccine.
The state’s newly confirmed cases bring the total to 7,016, along with 90 deaths. In southcentral Pennsylvania, York County reported its first death related to the coronavirus. Four people have died to-date in Lancaster County.
The additional cases each day represent newly confirmed cases, but the tests could have been done days or more than a week ago. Officials are not reporting the number of pending tests. There have been 47,698 people who tested negative for the coronavirus, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The entire state of Pennsylvania is under a stay-at-home order, and more than 1,000 people died of COVID-19 in the United States on Wednesday alone. Philadelphia leads all counties in Pennsylvania with 1,852 documented cases and 13 deaths.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh-based health system UPMC said Thursday morning that a COVID-19 vaccine has been created and is waiting for approval from the FDA.
The vaccine, which goes on like a Band-Aid, does not require refrigeration and is likely safe and effective across all age groups. The Band-Aid-like patch has hundreds of microscopic needles that penetrate the skin.
Dr. Louis Falo, professor and chair of dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC, said the process of approving and deploying a vaccine traditionally takes several months — or even years.
“But these pandemic conditions are not normal,” he said. “We’re hoping we can reduce that regulatory process from months to weeks.”
Once the vaccine gets approval from the FDA, Falo said they are ready to begin clinical trials after meeting necessary requirements.
Also Thursday, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said the state will only be releasing positive cases by county, not by municipality as some states are doing.
“I know some people would like to know if there is someone in their neighborhood who has tested positive,” she said. “But if they tested positive, they will be quarantined at home and not out in the neighborhood.”
Some county health departments, such as hard-hit Montgomery County in the Philadelphia suburbs, have reported municipality-level data on case.
When asked about a life-sustaining business owners responsibility to inform everyone when a coworker tests positive, Levine said that is the responsibility of the Department of Health. The DOH, or local health department, will notify close contacts, and those people will be told to self-isolate. The physical business will be cleaned, and then it will be allowed to reopen.
Business waiver deadline nearing
Business owners have until 5 p.m. Friday, April 3, to apply for a waiver that changes a company’s status from non-life-sustaining to life-sustaining.
Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the closing of physical locations for non-life-sustaining businesses two weeks ago, but gave owners a process to get their business reclassified.
The state received more than 34,000 waiver requests through Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. More than 5,600 were approved by the Department of Community and Economic Development and at least 8,600 were denied.
More than 8,100 requests were filed by businesses that didn’t need one to operate.
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In other news Thursday:
- The Wolf Administration granted an extension to license to carry firearms permits. Permits expired on March 19, 2020 or later have been extended to May 30, 2020.
- Pennsylvania State Police issued 13 warnings Wednesday against non-life-sustaining businesses that failed to comply with Governor Tom Wolf’s order closing their physical locations.
- Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency director Randy Padfield said his agency has had to adjust what its doing with the state Department of Health on almost a daily — or even hourly — basis. “… our crystal ball on this is very cloudy. If this was a natural disaster, we would have a good handle around where we need to be in a week or two weeks or the next three days,” he said during a news conference call. “But with this, we’re responsive to the data that is coming in or taking a look at the spread across the state.” He said his agency has been working through complex problems, developing courses of action, and then executing those actions.
- A record 6.6 million Americans filed first-time jobless claims last week, the Labor Department said Thursday, in a sign that the sudden shutdown of a vast swath of U.S. commerce may be just starting to wreak havoc on the economy
- The 2020 Democratic National Convention has been pushed back to mid-August as organizers try to navigate the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The event, originally scheduled for July 13 through 17, will instead be held the week of August 17.
How many coronavirus cases does Pa. have?
Pennsylvania has had 7,016 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: 7,016
New cases: 1,211 new cases as of April 2
Counties with at least one case: 62
Patients who tested negative: 47,698
Pa. coronavirus cases by county
Here are how many confirmed cases and deaths each county in Pennsylvania has as of April 2:
- Adams County: 18
- Allegheny County: 419 (2 deaths)
- Armstrong County: 7
- Beaver County: 55 (2 deaths)
- Bedford County: 3
- Berks County: 168
- Blair County: 4
- Bradford County: 8
- Bucks County: 370 (6 deaths)
- Butler County: 69 (2 deaths)
- Cambria County: 4
- Cameron: 1
- Carbon County: 26 (1 death)
- Centre County: 28
- Chester County: 210 (2 death)
- Clarion: 4
- Clearfield: 4
- Columbia County: 11
- Crawford County: 5
- Cumberland County: 41 ( 1 death)
- Dauphin: 67 (1 death)
- Delaware County: 470 (8 deaths)
- Erie County: 16
- Fayette: 15 (1 death)
- Franklin County: 23
- Greene: 11
- Huntingdon: 2
- Indiana: 6
- Juniata County: 2
- Lackawanna County: 108 (3 deaths)
- Lancaster County: 203 (4 deaths)
- Lawrence: 16 (2 deaths)
- Lebanon County: 45
- Lehigh County: 479 (5 deaths)
- Luzerne County: 384 (5 deaths)
- Lycoming County: 7
- Mckean: 1
- Mercer: 9
- Mifflin: 1
- Monroe County: 321 (10 deaths)
- Montgomery County: 735 (9 deaths)
- Montour County: 15
- Northampton County: 378 (9 deaths)
- Northumberland: 8
- Perry: 3
- Philadelphia: 1852 (13 deaths)
- Pike County: 68 (1 death)
- Potter County: 2
- Schuylkill: 54
- Snyder: 3 (1 death)
- Somerset County: 3
- Susquehanna: 3
- Tioga: 2
- Union: 2
- Venango: 3
- Warren: 1
- Washington County: 38
- Wayne County: 17
- Westmoreland County: 84
- York County: 102 (1 death)
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.
Dani Fitzgerald of the Ellwood City Ledger, USA Today and The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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