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2020 Gratz Fair cancelled

One of the biggest area event of the year hit the chopping block late Tuesday night due to state restrictions due to the Coronavirus

In a Facebook post, the Gratz Fair Association announced they were canceling the 2020 edition of the fair.

“Because of the Pennsylvania State mandate, our normal fair is not permitted to open,” the post reads. “This will be a life lesson for us all! It’s hard to learn, but one we must come to understand and be stronger for in 2021. We love this fair and the many volunteers, sponsors, contributors and patrons who make it happen year after year.”

The Gratz Fair is the latest big event to be cancelled due to the coronavirus and the mandates to prevent the spread of the disease. Even though Dauphin County is going into the “green phase” of reopening on Friday, gatherings of over 250 people are prohibited.

According to figures released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania added 335 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday. The state has 79,818 cases of the virus since the first case was discovered in March.

The death toll was increased by 43 souls, putting the count at 6,319

Dauphin County added 19 cases and three deaths to their county on Tuesday, as Northumberland County added three cases and Schuylkill County added two.  Dauphin County currently stands at a total to 1,693 cases with 111 deaths, Schuylkill stands at 698 cases with 43 deaths, and Northumberland County is at 234 cases and four deaths.

In comparison, Philadelphia County, the hot spot of the state, added 88 cases and 10 deaths on Tuesday, putting their totals at 20,184 positive cases and 1,528 deaths since the coronavirus first hit in March..

Officials say that the public’s effort to fight and prevent the spread of the disease must continue.

“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,” Dr. Levine said. “The commonwealth’s careful, measured approach to reopening is working as we see case counts continue to decline even as many other states see increases. But the virus has not gone away. Each of us has a responsibility to continue 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.”

As far as negative tests for each county, Dauphin is listed as having 14,201 negative tests while Schuylkill reported 6,558 negative tests and 2,254 in Northumberland County.

The state also updated numbers of age ranges of the positive cases and hospitalizations to date. Currently 788 Pennsylvania residents are hospitalized with the virus and its complications, down 27

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 16,774 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,966 cases among employees, for a total of 19,740 at 649 distinct facilities in 47 counties. Out of our total deaths, 4,331 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 6,060 of our total cases are in health care workers.

The counties affected and the number of confirmed cases, with the number of deaths in parentheses, are:

Adams-300 (10), Allegheny-2,113 (177), Armstrong-68 (5), Beaver-615 (77), Bedford-59 (2), Berks-4,350 (340), Blair-55 (1), Bradford-47 (3), Bucks-5,466 (546), Butler-263 (13), Cambria- 61 (3), Cameron-2, Carbon-262 (24), Centre-172 (6), Chester-3,367 (311), Clarion-31 (2), Clearfield-57, Clinton-64 (3), Columbia-387 (33), Crawford-35, Cumberland-751 (61), Dauphin-1,693 (111), Delaware-6,967 (629), Elk-6, Erie-478 (9), Fayette-98 (4), Forest-7, Franklin-852 (42), Fulton-17 (1), Greene-30, Huntingdon-239 (4), Indiana-95 (5), Jefferson-19 (1), Juniata-108 (5), Lackawanna-1,611 (199), Lancaster-3,830 (336), Lawrence-88 (8), Lebanon-1,200 (40), Lehigh-3,978 (273), Luzerne-2,841 (169), Lycoming-172 (18), McKean-13 (1), Mercer-117 (6), Mifflin-60 (1), Monroe-1,357 (105), Montgomery-7,990 (770), Montour-67, Northampton-3,255 (247), Northumberland-234 (4), Perry-76 (5), Philadelphia-20,184 (1,528), Pike-486 (20), Potter-13, Schuylkill-698 (43), Snyder-60 (1), Somerset-41 (1), Sullivan-3, Susquehanna-172 (18), Tioga-20 (2), Union-83 (2), Venango-17, Warren-5, Washington-158 (6), Wayne-126 (9), Westmoreland-498 (38), Wyoming-36 (7), York-1,195 (34).

As of midnight June 16, there have been 533,013 negative tests for the coronavirus. The state also said that 75 percent of the confirmed cases have recovered. If a case has not been reported as a death, and it is more than 30 days past the date of their first positive test (or onset of symptoms) then an individual is considered recovered.

The two stages of reopening and the counties that are in them are:

Yellow counties (counties going green on June 19 in bold) — Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Franklin, Huntingdon,  Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, and Susquehanna. 

Green counties — Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Elk, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne,Westmoreland, Wyoming and York.

What is coronavirus?

According to the Pa. Department of Health, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common throughout the world. These viruses can live in animals and at times, evolve and infect people before spreading through human to human contact.

Human coronaviruses are spread just like the common cold or the flu — either through the air through coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact like touching or shaking hands, or by touching an object or surface with the virus on it.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The symptoms can appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after a person is exposed to the illness. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to severe illness and death. As of June 17, the U.S. Center for Disease Control reports there have been 2,132,321 cases of the Coronavirus reported in the U.S. with 116,862 deaths.

What can you do?

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
Clean surfaces frequently.
Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
If you must go out for a life-sustaining reason, please wear a mask.
The Pa. Department of Health offers these guidelines as the COVID-19 crisis continues.

Stay home as much as possible. Try to get groceries once per week instead of daily. Freedom of travel remains, but please refrain from non-essential travel. Essential travel includes things like commuting to an essential job, picking up supplies like groceries and medicine, and checking on family and pets in other households. Do not host or attend gatherings.