Of the confirmed two million coronavirus cases, more than 113,000 Americans have died since the virus emerged here a few months ago. USA TODAY
Gov. Tom Wolf announced the transition of eight more counties to the green phase, and the state is just shy of 78,000 coronavirus cases on Friday.
Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Monroe, Perry, Pike and Schuylkill counties are moving from yellow to green under the state’s phased reopening system on June 19.
The following counties moved into the green phase Friday: Adams, York, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Union, Wayne and Wyoming.
By June 19, 54 of 67 counties will have been designated green. Remaining in the more restrictive yellow phase are Philadelphia and southeastern counties, where the coronavirus has had the worst impact; parts of the Poconos region, Lehigh Valley and northeastern Pennsylvania; and Erie, Lebanon and Lancaster counties.
Currently, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting a 73 percent recovery.
Keep in mind the novel infection spreads by respiratory droplets, which is why there is such an emphasis on mask-wearing, officials say.
Also, if your household includes someone at high-risk, everyone who comes in contact with them should act as if they also are at higher risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. Definitely don’t hug or kiss them even if you’ve been social distancing.
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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 12:
- Positive: 284
- Negative: 3,973
- Deaths: 9
- Positive: 709
- Negative: 7,694
- Deaths: 58
- Positive: 1,587
- Negative: 13,098
- Deaths: 107
- Positive: 837
- Negative: 6,436
- Deaths: 42
- Positive: 3,682
- Negative: 20,606
- Deaths: 325
- Positive: 1,140
- Negative: 5,905
- Deaths: 39
- Positive: 1,141
- Negative: 17,096
- Deaths: 31
How many cases of coronavirus does Pa. have?
Here’s a look at the numbers in Pennsylvania:
- Cases: 77,999
- New cases: 686 new cases as of June 12
- Deaths: 6,162
- Patients who tested negative: 488,385
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.
The Associated Press and USA Today contributed to this article.
Jasmine Vaughn-Hall is a trends reporter in central Pennsylvania. She’s dishing out most-talked about topics, features, and taco fandom. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-495-1789 and follow her on Twitter @jvaughn411.
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