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Pennsylvania now has more than 11,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as residents continue to adapt to a new normal.
Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday urged all Pennsylvanians to wear a cloth face mask while in public, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases new guidelines that encourage facial coverings.
And with 1,493 additional positive cases confirmed early Sunday, the total number of cases surpassed 11,000 bringing the total to 11,510.
The Department of Health also reported 14 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 150.
In southcentral Pennsylvania, Lancaster County had 371 cases and eight deaths as of Sunday, while York County had 171 cases and one death. Other county totals include: Adams, 22 cases; Cumberland, 58 cases and two deaths; Dauphin, 118 cases and one death; Franklin, 30 cases; and Lebanon, 106 cases.
President Donald Trump is also warning that the country could be headed into its “toughest” weeks yet as the coronavirus death toll mounts, but at the same time he expressed growing impatience with social distancing guidelines and said he’s eager to get the country reopened and its stalled economy back on track.
“There will be a lot of death, unfortunately,” Trump said Saturday in a somber start to his daily briefing on the pandemic, “There will be death.”
There were more than 312,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. early Sunday, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. The country’s death toll stood over 8,500 and the death toll worldwide surpassed 66,000 on Sunday, and more than 1.2 million people had been infected. A week ago there were fewer than 125,000 cases and 2,200 had died.
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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 11,510 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: 11,510
New cases: 1,493 new cases as of April 5
Counties with at least one case: 65
Patients who tested negative: 66,261
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: 22
- Allegheny County: 605 (4 deaths)
- Armstrong County: 12
- Beaver County: 84 (6 deaths)
- Bedford County: 4
- Berks County: 276 (3 deaths)
- Blair County: 5
- Bradford County: 10
- Bucks County: 555 (13 deaths)
- Butler County: 87 (2 deaths)
- Cambria County: 7
- Cameron: 1
- Carbon County: 50 (1 death)
- Centre County: 43
- Chester County: 269 (2 death)
- Clarion: 5
- Clearfield: 7
- Clinton County: 1
- Columbia County: 22
- Crawford County: 7
- Cumberland County: 58 ( 2 death)
- Dauphin: 118 (1 death)
- Delaware County: 708 (14 deaths)
- Erie County: 19
- Fayette: 27 (1 death)
- Forest: 3
- Franklin County: 30
- Greene: 12
- Huntingdon: 4
- Indiana: 13
- Juniata County: 7
- Lackawanna County: 172 (6 deaths)
- Lancaster County: 371 (8 deaths)
- Lawrence: 23 (2 deaths)
- Lebanon County: 106
- Lehigh County: 877 (8 deaths)
- Luzerne County: 741 (5 deaths)
- Lycoming County: 9
- Mckean: 1
- Mercer: 18
- Mifflin: 9
- Monroe County: 528 (11 deaths)
- Montgomery County: 1111 (18 deaths)
- Montour County: 37
- Northampton County: 636 (11 deaths)
- Northumberland: 14
- Perry: 5 (1 death)
- Philadelphia: 3,135 (28 deaths)
- Pike County: 114 (1 death)
- Potter County: 3
- Schuylkill: 90
- Snyder: 8 (1 death)
- Somerset County: 4
- Sullivan: 1
- Susquehanna: 6
- Tioga: 3
- Union: 6
- Venango: 3
- Warren: 1
- Washington County: 50
- Wayne County: 33
- Westmoreland County: 147
- Wyoming: 5
- York County: 171 (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.
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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.
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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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