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The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 410 additional coronavirus cases on Wednesday, raising the statewide total to 76,846.
The number of infections is thought to be far higher than the confirmed case count because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick.
Nearly a half-million people in Pennsylvania have tested negative for the virus and the state’s death toll stands at 6,062. The health department is also reporting a 72 percent recovery.
“With more than half of the state now in the green phase of the process to reopen, it is essential that we continue to take precautions to protect against COVID-19,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a news release.
“Each of us has a responsibility to protect ourselves, our loved ones and others by wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and washing our hands frequently. Together we can protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our essential workers and our healthcare system.”
For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in a couple of weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are at higher risk of more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.
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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 10:
- Positive: 278
- Negative: 3,836
- Deaths: 9
- Positive: 688
- Negative: 7,375
- Deaths: 58
- Positive: 1,541
- Negative: 12,544
- Deaths: 96
- Positive: 807
- Negative: 6,020
- Deaths: 39
- Positive: 3,600
- Negative: 19,905
- Deaths: 320
- Positive: 1,091
- Negative: 5,588
- Deaths: 38
- Positive: 1,102
- Negative: 16,539
- Deaths: 30
How many cases of coronavirus does Pa. have?
Here’s a look at the numbers in Pennsylvania:
- Cases: 76,846
- New cases: 410 new cases as of June 10
- Deaths: 6,062
- Patients who tested negative: 467,329
Pa. cases by county
To see the health department’s dashboard for county-by-county information, visit health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus.
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.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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