Coronavirus updates: City opening park equipment this week


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Beginning Friday, it will be OK to use York’s park equipment, playgrounds, basketball courts and skatepark, Mayor Michael Helfrich said.

Helfrich told the city council Wednesday night that he was rescinding all of the orders regarding the public and businesses concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

He started earlier this week by rescinding the no evictions order for extended stay boarding houses, rooming houses, recovery houses and hotels. The state’s order against evicting tenants and foreclosing on homeowners remains in effect until July 10.

“I’ve addressed this with the governor over the last few days, I’ve sent him messages,” Helfrich said during Wednesday’s meeting. “I spoke directly with the Lt. Governor today to get us open, to get us into the green phase as soon as possible.”

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Helfrich believes York County falls into the same statistical categories as the southwestern counties that are going green this week.

“While I cannot force the change of the governor’s policies, and I will continue to work with the governor’s office to enforce and follow those policies, as of Friday we are rescinding all policies that the City of York has put in place under executive orders,” the mayor told the council.

That does not include any orders involving personnel. York furloughed more than 100 employees last month. Some were complete layoffs, others were reduction in hours.

In addition to the opening of park equipment, restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people and holding businesses to 50 percent of fire capacity will also be rescinded.

Those orders do not supersede state orders, which keep restaurants, bars, clubs, gyms, hair salons, cinemas and other entertainment facilities closed until the county goes green.

Phases change

Meanwhile, around the state on Friday, all counties that had been in the red phase of reopening move to yellow, including Lancaster. And 16 counties move to green.

County breakdown of cases, testing

Here’s a breakdown of the positive and negative tests of the coronavirus in southcentral Pennsylvania as well as the deaths reported in those counties as of June 4:


  • Positive: 263
  • Negative: 3,436
  • Deaths: 8


  • Positive: 657
  • Negative: 6,426
  • Deaths: 54


  • Positive: 1,404
  • Negative: 11,012
  • Deaths: 87


  • Positive: 785
  • Negative: 5,463
  • Deaths: 38


  • Positive: 3,301
  • Negative: 17,758
  • Deaths: 315


  • Positive: 997
  • Negative: 4,840
  • Deaths: 36


  • Positive: 1,038
  • Negative: 14,698
  • Deaths: 28

How many cases of coronavirus does Pa. have? 

Here’s a look at the numbers in Pennsylvania:

  • Cases: 73,942
  • New cases: 537 new cases as of June 4
  • Deaths: 5,817
  • Patients who tested negative: 416,942

Pa. cases by county

Here are how many confirmed cases and deaths each county in Pennsylvania has as of June 4: 

  • Adams County: 263 (8 deaths) 
  • Allegheny County:  1,955 (166 deaths)
  • Armstrong County: 64 (5 deaths)
  • Beaver County: 599 (74 deaths)
  • Bedford County: 42 (2 deaths)
  • Berks County: 4,152 (323 deaths)
  • Blair County: 52 (1 death)
  • Bradford County: 46 (3 deaths)
  • Bucks County: 5,158 (522 deaths)
  • Butler County: 240 (12 deaths)
  • Cambria County: 59 (2 deaths)
  • Cameron County: 2
  • Carbon County: 250 (24 deaths)
  • Centre County: 154 (7 deaths)
  • Chester County: 2,902 (294 deaths)
  • Clarion County: 27 (2 deaths)
  • Clearfield County: 42
  • Clinton County: 60 (3 deaths) 
  • Columbia County: 352 (31 deaths)
  • Crawford County: 30
  • Cumberland County: 657 (54 deaths)
  • Dauphin County: 1,404 (87 deaths)
  • Delaware County: 6,587 (584 deaths) 
  • Elk County: 6 
  • Erie County: 327 (5 deaths)
  • Fayette County: 95 (4 deaths)
  • Forest County: 7
  • Franklin County: 785 (38 deaths)
  • Fulton County: 16 (1 death)
  • Greene County: 27 
  • Huntingdon County: 234 (3 deaths)
  • Indiana County: 91 (4 deaths)
  • Jefferson County: 14
  • Juniata County: 95 (4 deaths)
  • Lackawanna County: 1,569 (182 deaths)
  • Lancaster County: 3,301 (315 deaths)
  • Lawrence County: 82 (8 deaths) 
  • Lebanon County: 997 (36 deaths)
  • Lehigh County: 3,817 (242 deaths)
  • Luzerne County: 2,773 (156 deaths)
  • Lycoming County: 166 (17 deaths) 
  • McKean County: 13 (1 death) 
  • Mercer County: 107 (5 deaths)
  • Mifflin County: 59 (1 death)
  • Monroe County: 1,333 (102 deaths)
  • Montgomery County: 7,351 (713 deaths) 
  • Montour County: 53
  • Northampton County: 3,124 (225 deaths)
  • Northumberland County: 201 (3 deaths)
  • Perry County: 64 (3 deaths)
  • Philadelphia County: 18,888 (1,379 deaths)
  • Pike County: 478 (20 deaths) 
  • Potter County: 6
  • Schuylkill County: 651 (37 deaths)
  • Snyder County: 51 (1 death)
  • Somerset County: 38 (1 death)
  • Sullivan County: 3
  • Susquehanna County: 123 (15 deaths) 
  • Tioga County: 19 (2 deaths)
  • Union County: 65 (1 death) 
  • Venango County: 10
  • Warren County: 5
  • Washington County: 140 (6 deaths) 
  • Wayne County: 121 (8 deaths)
  • Westmoreland County: 455 (38 deaths)
  • Wyoming County: 34 (7 deaths)
  • York County: 1038 (28 deaths) 

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. 

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.

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