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With 1,597 additional positive cases confirmed early Saturday, the total number of cases surpassed 10,000 bringing the number to 10,017.
The Department of Health also reported 34 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 136.
In southcentral Pennsylvania, Lancaster County had 291 cases and five deaths as of Saturday, while York County had 144 cases and one death. Other county totals include: Adams, 21 cases; Cumberland, 54 cases and two deaths; Dauphin, 99 cases and one death; Franklin, 27 cases; and Lebanon, 87 cases.
One of York County’s new cases is from York County Prison, where an ICE detainee has tested positive, it was announced Saturday. The detainee entered the facility in late January and has been in negative-air housing since presenting with symptoms.
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine emphasized that residents need to follow the guidelines that are put in place.
“The continued rise in cases combined with our increasing deaths from COVID-19 reflects the seriousness of this situation,” Levine said. “We need everyone to listen to the orders in place and to stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We know that these prolonged mitigation effects have been difficult for everyone, but it is essential that everyone follows these orders and does not go out unless they absolutely must.”
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus continues to rise reaching another record-setting pace early Saturday, with nearly 1,200 deaths in 24 hours as federal emergency workers tried to answer desperate pleas for respirators from dozens of states.
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According to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard, there were more than 278,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. early Saturday. The country’s death toll stood at 7,159 and the death toll worldwide was just above 60,000, with 1.1. million people affected.
Also on Saturday, Gov. Tom Wolf and religious leaders from across the state are encouraging alternative forms of faith gatherings as significant religious holidays approach.
Nothing in the stay-at-home order affects operation of religious institutions, “Religious leaders are encouraged to find alternatives to in-person gatherings and to avoid endangering their congregants. Individuals should not gather in religious buildings or homes for services or celebrations until the stay-at-home order is lifted,” a news release states.
“I know that we’re nearing several holidays, including major religious holidays like Easter and Passover,” Wolf said. “As a person of faith, I understand how important it is to worship, and that congregating, whether for a service or seder dinner, can be at the very core of one’s faith. But I also understand how important it is to help neighbors, and the best way to help our neighbors right now is not by congregating. It’s by staying at home.”
Religious leaders from around the state, and from a variety of denominations, echoed the governor’s words.
“We must embrace our common responsibility to one another and slow the spread of this virus. We are blessed with the gifts of technology and social media, which enable us to experience the richness of these Holy Days virtually,” Most Rev. Nelson Perez, Archbishop of Philadelphia said.
The Rev. Franky Rodriguez, CDA Community Church of Philadelphia reminded residents that the church has survived world wars and great diseases, and that “in times of trouble the church gets closer, not further apart.”
Senior Pastor Mark Kelly Tyler of Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church agreed, saying that the church is not a physical place, but is the people who make up the congregation.
“We must do everything within our power to save the lives of those we’ve been called to shepherd,” he said. “If that means livestreaming the worship services and holding Bible Study in video chat rooms, so be it.”
“Under no circumstances is gathering at the home of another the right thing to do this year,” Rabbi Jeffrey Astrakham, Temple Beth Israel in York, said. ” Stay home. Use online meeting technology and remember, as the Possover Haggadah teaches us, ‘next year, may all be free’!”
When will Pa. cases peak?
So far, Pennsylvania hospitals have not been strained, Pennsylvania Department of Health spokesman Nate Wardle said.
But they will be in a couple weeks, according to a study from the University of Washington.
Pennsylvania will have more than 7,400 patients hospitalized, about 90 intensive care unit beds and need more than 900 life-saving ventilators on April 18, according to that study.
That same University of Washington study shows that deaths could peak at 79 per day in Pennsylvania by April 19 and that more than 2,000 people in the state could die from the coronavirus by Aug. 4.
But the University of Washington study, cited by Trump, drew criticism from some of the nation’s top infectious disease experts because it relies heavily on strict quarantines like those in place in Wuhan, China.
New York University experts predict spread, hospitalizations and deaths to be three to four times higher than what’s shown in the University of Washington study, according to a USA Today report.
How many coronavirus cases does Pa. have?
Pennsylvania has had 10,017 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus as of Saturday, according to the Department of Health. Here’s a look at the numbers in Pennsylvania:
Confirmed cases: 10,017
New cases: 1,597 new cases as of April 4
Counties with at least one case: 64
Patients who tested negative: 60,013
Pa. coronavirus cases county by county
Here are how many confirmed cases and deaths each county in Pennsylvania has as of April 4:
- Adams County: 21
- Allegheny County: 552 (3 deaths)
- Armstrong County: 12
- Beaver County: 69 (6 deaths)
- Bedford County: 4
- Berks County: 235 (2 deaths)
- Blair County: 5
- Bradford County: 10
- Bucks County: 488 (11 deaths)
- Butler County: 84 (2 deaths)
- Cambria County: 6
- Cameron: 1
- Carbon County: 46 (1 death)
- Centre County: 39
- Chester County: 250 (2 death)
- Clarion: 4
- Clearfield: 7
- Columbia County: 20
- Crawford County: 5
- Cumberland County: 54 ( 2 death)
- Dauphin: 99 (1 death)
- Delaware County: 616 (13 deaths)
- Erie County: 19
- Fayette: 23 (1 death)
- Forest: 2
- Franklin County: 27
- Greene: 12
- Huntingdon: 4
- Indiana: 9
- Juniata County: 7
- Lackawanna County: 146 (6 deaths)
- Lancaster County: 291 (5 deaths)
- Lawrence: 22 (2 deaths)
- Lebanon County: 87
- Lehigh County: 804(7 deaths)
- Luzerne County: 648 (5 deaths)
- Lycoming County: 10
- Mckean: 1
- Mercer: 14
- Mifflin: 4
- Monroe County: 484 (11 deaths)
- Montgomery County: 982 (17 deaths)
- Montour County: 19
- Northampton County: 588 (11 deaths)
- Northumberland: 9
- Perry: 5 (1 death)
- Philadelphia: 2,610 (24 deaths)
- Pike County: 97 (1 death)
- Potter County: 3
- Schuylkill: 77
- Snyder: 6 (1 death)
- Somerset County: 3
- Sullivan: 1
- Susquehanna: 5
- Tioga: 3
- Union: 5
- Venango: 3
- Warren: 1
- Washington County: 46
- Wayne County: 28
- Westmoreland County: 135
- Wyoming: 5
- York County: 144 (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.
USA Today and the Associated Press contributed to this article.
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