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New case count lowest in state since March 24

Pennsylvania enjoyed its lowest count of new Coronavirus cases in the state since March 24 on Monday, June 1.

According to figures released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania added 356 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday.

According to information released on Pa. Department of Health’s website, the state has 72,282 cases of the virus since the first case was discovered in March.

The death toll was increased by 12 souls on Tuesday, putting the count at 5,567.

Dauphin County added 26 cases and one death to its total on Monday, while Northumberland County added two new cases and no new cases or deaths in Schuylkill County. Dauphin County currently stands at a total to 1,303 cases with 74 deaths, Schuylkill stands at 631 cases with 34 deaths, and Northumberland County is at 194 cases and three deaths.

In comparison, Philadelphia County, the hot spot of the state, added 91 cases and four deaths, putting their totals at 18,517 positive cases and 1,320 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.

“As Pennsylvania continues to move forward in the process to reopen, we need to remember that the threat from COVID-19 has not gone away,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “As counties move into the yellow and green phases, we must take personal responsibility to protect others. Wearing a mask, continuing to maintain social distancing, and washing your hands frequently are all steps we can take to help protect others, including our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our essential workers and our healthcare system.”

As far as negative tests for each county, Dauphin is listed as having 10,336 negative tests while Schuylkill reported 5,146 negative tests and 1,464 in Northumberland County.

The state also updated numbers of age ranges of the positive cases and hospitalizations to date. Currently 1,302 Pennsylvania residents are hospitalized with the virus and its complications.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 15,545 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,663 cases among employees, for a total of 18,208 at 608 distinct facilities in 44 counties. Out of our total deaths, 3,557 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 5,463 of our total cases are in health care workers.

The breakdown is as follows:

Positive cases

Ages 0-4, <1%; 5-12, <1%; 13-18, 2%; 19-24, 6%; 25-49, 37%; 50-64, 25%, 65+, 28%

Hospitalizations

Ages 0-4, <1%; 5-12 <1%; 13-18, <1%; 19-24, 1%;  25-49, 16%; 50-64, 26%; 65+, 56%

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

Adams-250 (8), Allegheny-1,919 (164), Armstrong-62 (4), Beaver-590 (73), Bedford-40 (2),  Berks-4,074 (317), Blair-50 (1), Bradford-46 (3), Bucks-5,100 (503), Butler-230 (12), Cambria- 58 (2), Cameron-2, Carbon-237 (24), Centre-154 (7), Chester-2,784 (281), Clarion-27 (2), Clearfield-40, Clinton-57 (3), Columbia-348 (31), Crawford-29, Cumberland-635 (52), Dauphin-1,303 (74), Delaware-6,481 (559), Elk-6, Erie-295 (4), Fayette-95 (4), Forest-7, Franklin-777 (35), Fulton-15 (1), Greene-27, Huntingdon-231 (2), Indiana-91 (5), Jefferson-9, Juniata-95 (4), Lackawanna-1,551 (171), Lancaster-3,189 (297), Lawrence-80 (8), Lebanon-972 (33), Lehigh-3,770 (228), Luzerne-2,739 (149), Lycoming-164 (17), McKean-12 (1), Mercer-107 (5), Mifflin-59 (1), Monroe-1,320 (101), Montgomery-7,093 (686), Montour-53, Northampton-3,082 (210), Northumberland-194 (3), Perry-61 (3), Philadelphia-18,517 (1,320), Pike-477 (19), Potter-4, Schuylkill-631 (34), Snyder-45 (1), Somerset-38 (1), Sullivan-3, Susquehanna-110 (15), Tioga-17 (2), Union-62 (1), Venango-9, Warren-3, Washington-140 (5), Wayne-120 (8), Westmoreland-449 (38), Wyoming-34 (7), York-1,013 (26).

As of midnight June 1, there have been 389,431 negative tests for the coronavirus, 6,320 more than the day before. The state also said that 67 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 current listing of counties and the phases they are in are as follows:

Red counties (expected to move to yellow on June 5) — Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia,

Yellow counties (counties in bold moving to green phase on June 5 — Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Schuylkill, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Washington, Wayne Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York.

Green counties — Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren.

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 1, the U.S. Center for Disease Control reports there have been 1,787,680 cases of the Coronavirus reported in the U.S. with 104,396 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.