Coronavirus updates: Pa. up to nearly 13,000 cases, portal created for manufacturers

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Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday that a portal has been created for manufacturers that can contribute to the supply chain of equipment to combat the new coronavirus.  

“We know that there are manufacturers across the Commonwealth that are willing and able to help,” Wolf said. 

The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal was designed to “mobilize manufacturers that are producing COVID-19-related products and supplies or can pivot to producing COVID-19-related supplies,” according to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. 

Wolf said that there have been “challenges” with purchasing equipment because of the high demand. 

Monday marked an entire month since Pennsylvania reported its first coronavirus cases. Now, newly confirmed cases continue to surge at more than 1,000 on a daily basis. 

The 1,470 additional cases documented in Pennsylvania brought the statewide total to 12,980. Since the previous day, Pennsylvania had 12 more coronavirus-related deaths as of Monday, raising the state’s total to 162. 

Since the first coronavirus cases emerged in Delaware and Wayne counties on March 6, the coronavirus has spread to 65 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, and the entire state is under stay-at-home orders. 

There are 70,874 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

  • Less than 1% are aged 0-4;
  • Nearly 1% are aged 5-12;
  • 1% are aged 13-18;
  • 7% are aged 19-24; 
  • Nearly 42% are aged 25-49; 
  • 29% are aged 50-64; and
  • Nearly 20% are aged 65 or older.

There are more than 350,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., with more than 10,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard.

Hospitalization in Pa.

Secretary of Health Rachel Levine on Monday announced a change in the way hospitalization numbers are going to be reported.

She said hospitals are following through with a request to report their numbers three times a day so the DOH can better track equipment usage.

As of 7 a.m. Monday, 1,537 patients are being hospitalized in Pennsylvania with COVID-19, and 505 are on ventilators.

Health Department spokesman Nate Wardle said the agency will no longer provide the number of patients in the ICU, just the percentage of beds available. He said that number continues to be around 40 percent availability.

Just over 50 percent of the state’s hospital beds are available, but state officials are not breaking that down by county or municipality.

Levine said that, in a new count of ventilators, the state has access to 5,000, which is more than it was first thought.

More coronavirus coverage:

Unemployment in Pa.

Unemployment compensation claims have vaulted Pennsylvania past 1 million since the coronavirus began taking a severe toll on the economy in mid-March. .

The state exceeded 283,000 jobless claims last week, pushing Pennsylvania past 1 million in the three weeks since the state began pressing for business shutdowns to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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In other news Monday:   

  • The Adams County judicial emergency is extended to May 1. Public access to the courts is prohibited unless listed in the order. The sheriff’s office may ask for a temperature check, those will elevated temperatures will not be allowed in the courthouse. 
  • Between Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5, Pennsylvania State Police handed out 28 warnings against non-life-sustaining businesses that failed to comply with Governor Tom Wolf’s order closing their physical locations.
  • The NFL announced that the draft, scheduled for April  23-25 will be held outside of club facilities in virtual time as individuals stay at home. “All clubs should dedicate their personnel and technology resources toward preparing for a fully virtual draft,” the NFL memo said.
  • Professional golf shuffled its majors schedule. The Masters will be held in November 12-15, the PGA Championship was moved to August and the U.S. Open to September. The British Open has been canceled for the year. The Ryder Cup will remain in its original September dates.
  • DLA Defense Distribution Susquehanna (formerly the New Cumberland Army Depot) in Fairview Township, York County announced that a civilian employee died Saturday of the coronavirus. Officials did not release the employee’s name or where they were from.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved into intensive care of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. He is conscious and is not on a ventilator.

How many coronavirus cases does Pa. have?

Pennsylvania has had 11,510 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus as of Monday, according to the Department of Health. Here’s a look at the numbers in Pennsylvania:

Confirmed cases: 12,980

New cases: 1,470 new cases as of April 6

Deaths: 162

Counties with at least one case: 65

Patients who tested negative: 70, 874

Pa. coronavirus cases county by county

Here are how many confirmed cases and deaths each county in Pennsylvania has as of April 6:  

  • Adams County: 25
  • Allegheny County: 642 (4 deaths)
  • Armstrong County: 13
  • Beaver County: 96 (6 deaths)
  • Bedford County: 4
  • Berks County: 326 (3 deaths)
  • Blair County: 5
  • Bradford County: 10
  • Bucks County: 619 (17 deaths)
  • Butler County: 91 (2 deaths)
  • Cambria County: 7
  • Cameron: 1
  • Carbon County: 59 (1 death)
  • Centre County: 44
  • Chester County: 307 (3 death)
  • Clarion: 6
  • Clearfield: 7
  • Clinton County: 3
  • Columbia County: 26
  • Crawford County: 9
  • Cumberland County: 68 ( 2 death)
  • Dauphin: 132 (1 death)
  • Delaware County: 822 (15 deaths) 
  • Erie County: 20
  • Fayette: 29 (1 death)
  • Forest: 4
  • Franklin County: 32
  • Greene: 12
  • Huntingdon: 4
  • Indiana: 17
  • Juniata County: 11
  • Lackawanna County: 190 (7 deaths)
  • Lancaster County: 408 (11 deaths)
  • Lawrence: 24 (2 deaths) 
  • Lebanon County: 124
  • Lehigh County: 1006 (8 deaths)
  • Luzerne County: 849 (5 deaths)
  • Lycoming County: 10
  • Mckean: 1
  • Mercer: 18
  • Mifflin: 5
  • Monroe County: 572 (11 deaths)
  • Montgomery County: 1230 (18 deaths) 
  • Montour County: 33
  • Northampton County: 716 (12 deaths)
  • Northumberland: 15
  • Perry: 5 (1 death)
  • Philadelphia: 3,611 (28 deaths)
  • Pike County: 125 (2 death) 
  • Potter County: 3
  • Schuylkill: 103
  • Snyder: 8 (1 death)
  • Somerset County: 6
  • Sullivan: 1
  • Susquehanna: 6
  • Tioga: 8
  • Union: 6
  • Venango: 5
  • Warren: 1
  • Washington County: 53
  • Wayne County: 53
  • Westmoreland County: 157
  • Wyoming: 5
  • York County: 189 (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.

Testing overall is still about 10 to 14 days behind, meaning the data today shows the rate of infection two weeks ago. 

The CDC is now shifting its testing efforts to include new antibody tests that will help determine who was infected and asymptomatic, and may now be immune to the virus. 

Knowing who is protected from the infection will be important to getting the country back to work and reopening the U.S. economy, federal officials said.

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 Associated Press contributed to this article. 

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