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More than 5,000 complaints have been filed with the state Attorney General’s office from people reporting price hikes due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a news release.
The office has followed up on verifiable tips and has:
- issued 466 cease-and-desist letters
- issued subpoenas to 200 targets for further investigation
- and found 27 businesses where the office believes actual price gouging occurred.
“Nearly a third of Pennsylvanians are out of work and figuring out how to put food on the table,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “Gouging the prices of basic necessities to help keep us safe from the pandemic — face masks, hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol— is outrageous and illegal.”
People who spot a suspicious price increase are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org and fill out a complaint form.
“Under rules governing a disaster emergency, companies and vendors are prohibited from charging a price for consumer goods or services that exceeds 20 percent of the average price at which those goods or services were sold for in the 7 days preceding March 6, 2020,” the release states.
Red to yellow to green news
All of Pennsylvania has now been moved out of the red phase of reopening.
And on Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that York and Adams counties would move to the green phase on June 12, along with 10 other counties: Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Union, Wayne and Wyoming.
The final 10 counties moved from red to yellow on Friday were: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery and Philadelphia.
In addition, 16 counties moved to the green phase Friday: Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.
In total, there are now 34 counties in the green phase and 33 in yellow, including York, Adams, Lebanon and Franklin.
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 5:
- Positive: 264
- Negative: 3,456
- Deaths: 8
- Positive: 659
- Negative: 6,526
- Deaths: 56
- Positive: 1,434
- Negative: 11,098
- Deaths: 88
- Positive: 788
- Negative: 5,484
- Deaths: 39
- Positive: 3,337
- Negative: 18,040
- Deaths: 317
- Positive: 1,000
- Negative: 4,869
- Deaths: 36
- Positive: 1,040
- Negative: 14,820
- Deaths: 28
How many cases of coronavirus does Pa. have?
Here’s a look at the numbers in Pennsylvania:
New cases: 443 new cases as of June 5
Patients who tested negative: 424,201
Pa. cases by county
Here are how many confirmed cases and deaths each county in Pennsylvania has as of June 5:
- Adams County: 264 (8 deaths)
- Allegheny County: 1,973 (168 deaths)
- Armstrong County: 64 (5 deaths)
- Beaver County: 598 (74 deaths)
- Bedford County: 43 (2 deaths)
- Berks County: 4,167 (329 deaths)
- Blair County: 53 (1 death)
- Bradford County: 46 (3 deaths)
- Bucks County: 5,197 (525 deaths)
- Butler County: 239 (12 deaths)
- Cambria County: 59 (2 deaths)
- Cameron County: 2
- Carbon County: 245 (24 deaths)
- Centre County: 154 (7 deaths)
- Chester County: 2,959 (296 deaths)
- Clarion County: 27 (2 deaths)
- Clearfield County: 43
- Clinton County: 60 (3 deaths)
- Columbia County: 352 (31 deaths)
- Crawford County: 30
- Cumberland County: 659 (56 deaths)
- Dauphin County: 1,434 (88 deaths)
- Delaware County: 6,608 (591 deaths)
- Elk County: 6
- Erie County: 332 (5 deaths)
- Fayette County: 95 (4 deaths)
- Forest County: 7
- Franklin County: 788 (39 deaths)
- Fulton County: 16 (1 death)
- Greene County: 27
- Huntingdon County: 234 (4 deaths)
- Indiana County: 91 (5 deaths)
- Jefferson County: 15
- Juniata County: 95 (4 deaths)
- Lackawanna County: 1,575 (185 deaths)
- Lancaster County: 3,337 (317 deaths)
- Lawrence County: 82 (8 deaths)
- Lebanon County: 1,000 (36 deaths)
- Lehigh County: 3,829 (245 deaths)
- Luzerne County: 2,782 (157 deaths)
- Lycoming County: 166 (17 deaths)
- McKean County: 13 (1 death)
- Mercer County: 110 (6 deaths)
- Mifflin County: 59 (1 death)
- Monroe County: 1,335 (102 deaths)
- Montgomery County: 7,416 (721 deaths)
- Montour County: 53
- Northampton County: 3,136 (229 deaths)
- Northumberland County: 206 (3 deaths)
- Perry County: 67 (3 deaths)
- Philadelphia County: 18,977 (1,399 deaths)
- Pike County: 478 (20 deaths)
- Potter County: 6
- Schuylkill County: 653 (38 deaths)
- Snyder County: 53 (1 death)
- Somerset County: 38 (1 death)
- Sullivan County: 3
- Susquehanna County: 124 (16 deaths)
- Tioga County: 19 (2 deaths)
- Union County: 70 (1 death)
- Venango County: 15
- Warren County: 5
- Washington County: 141 (6 deaths)
- Wayne County: 123 (9 deaths)
- Westmoreland County: 456 (38 deaths)
- Wyoming County: 34 (7 deaths)
- York County: 1,040 (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 6 feet apart from other people you don’t live with.
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