HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported that Bradford County had no new cases of COVID-19 in their daily update on Tuesday afternoon. The county remains at 35 positive tests and two deaths of residents in the county where the virus played a part. Sullivan County also remains at one case and no deaths.
As a part of the state reconciling data from various sources, the DOH reported 554 new deaths statewide, bring the total to 3,012. The new deaths had occurred over the past two weeks. The statewide total cases of COVID-19 is at 50,957 as 865 cases were added on Tuesday.
“As we prepare to move a number of counties from red to yellow, we need all Pennsylvanians to continue to follow the social distancing and mitigation efforts in place,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We must continue to protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, which includes our seniors, those with underlying health issues, our healthcare workers and our first responders. I am proud of the work that Pennsylvanians have done so far, but we cannot stop now, we must continue to take the necessary steps to protect ourselves from COVID-19.”
In her daily briefing and press conference, Levine urged any Pennsylvanian in the Northeast part of the state that is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, diarrhea, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, to go online or call 1-877-724-3258 to register for testing at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Arena at Casey Plaza. No doctor’s permission is required to register for the test, all that is required is that the patient is showing symptoms of COVID-19.
Levine said that 1,259 people have been tested at the site and that “there is significant capacity left to test those who need it,” in the press conference.
There are 199,925 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:
- Nearly 1% are aged 0-4;
- Nearly 1% are aged 5-12;
- 1% are aged 13-18;
- Nearly 6% are aged 19-24;
- Nearly 38% are aged 25-49;
- Nearly 27% are aged 50-64; and
- 27% are aged 65 or older.
Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 9,625 resident cases of COVID-19, and 1,284 cases among employees, for a total of 10,909 at 495 distinct facilities in 44 counties. Out of our total deaths, 2,029 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.
Approximately 3,012 of our total cases are in health care workers.
All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide through the remainder of the academic year. Currently the entire state is under a stay-at-home order.