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Pine Grove has most coronavirus cases in the area

New data released by the state show that Pine Grove has the most positive coronavirus cases out of the municipalities in the area.

A new tool on the Department of Health’s allows the public to see how many cases are in a specific zip code.

Out of all the municipalities in the Citizen-Standard coverage area, the Pine Grove zip code area is showing 12 positive cases and 72 negative tests administered. The next highest municipality is Elizabethville in Dauphin County with eight positive cases and 23 negative tests.

Most muncipalities fall into the “redacted” category on the map, meaning that they have anywhere between one and four cases of the virus in the area. Those areas include Tremont, Tower City, Valley View, Hegins, Klingerstown, Lykens, Williamstown, Millersburg, Dalmatia, Herndon, Dornsife and Leck Kill.

Municipalities that do not have any cases include Halifax, Wiconisco, Gratz, and Pitman.

According to information released on Pa. Department of Health’s website, there are currently 35,684 confirmed cases, a increase of 1,156 cases in 24 hours.

Dauphin County reported 22 new positive cases on Tuesday, while six new positive tests were added in Schuylkill, bringing Dauphin’s total to 422 cases with 13 deaths, Schuylkill up to 283 cases with seven deaths, and Northumberland County remaining at 77 confirmed cases.

Philadelphia County, the hot spot of the state, reported 305 new cases and two deaths, putting their totals at 9,696 positive cases and 365 deaths..

While optimistic, officials say that the public’s effort on social distancing and wearing masks must continue to get things back to normal.

“As we start to see the number of new COVID-19 cases continually change across the state that does not mean we can stop practicing social distancing,” Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We must continue to stay home to protect ourselves, our families and our community. If you must go out, please make as few trips as possible and wear a mask to protect not only yourself, but others. We need all Pennsylvanians to continue to heed these efforts to protect our vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our health care workers and frontline responders.”

As far as negative tests for each county, Dauphin is listed as having 2,599 negative tests while Schuylkill reported 1,560 negative tests and 324 in Northumberland County.

In nursing home and long-term care facilities, Dauphin County is listed in the table having three facilities, 59 cases among residents (three up from yesterday), 10 cases among employees (up one from yesterday) and five deaths. Schuylkill County has two positive cases in two nursing homes, one resident and one employee. All total, 5,337  cases are reported among residents and 617 among employees, and have accounted for 845 of Pennsylvania’s 1,622 deaths attributed to the coronavirus.

The state also updated numbers of age ranges of the positive cases and hospitalizations to date. Currently 2,764 Pennsylvania residents are hospitalized with the virus and its complications, up 99 people from the day before

The breakdown is as follows:

Positive cases

Ages 0-4, <1%; 5-12, <1%; 13-18, 1%; 19-24, 6%; 25-49, 39%; 50-64, 28%, 65+, 25%

Hospitalizations

Ages 0-29, 2%; 30-49, 5%; 50-64, 9%; 65-79, 19%; 80+, 20%

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

Adams-92 (2), Allegheny-1,088 (74), Armstrong-39 (2), Beaver-317 (47), Bedford-16 (1),  Berks-2,069 (85), Blair-14, Bradford-29 (5), Bucks-2,004 (126), Butler-164 (7), Cambria-21 (2), Cameron-1 Carbon-154 (11), Centre-76 (2), Chester-950 (67), Clarion-19 (1), Clearfield-11, Clinton-13, Columbia-239 (7), Crawford-17, Cumberland-207 (6), Dauphin-422 (13), Delaware-2,757 (123), Elk-2, Erie-62, Fayette-70 (3), Forest-7, Franklin-152 (10), Fulton-2, Greene-25, Huntingdon-15, Indiana-56 (4), Jefferson-3, Juniata-73, Lackawanna-682 (57), Lancaster-1,326 (86), Lawrence-61 (6), Lebanon-535 (8), Lehigh-2,374 (49), Luzerne-1,848 (60), Lycoming-43 (2), McKean-5, Mercer-59 (1), Mifflin-22, Monroe-1,015 (48), Montgomery-3,294 (230), Montour-47, Northampton-1,591 (44), Northumberland-77, Perry-23 (1), Philadelphia-9,696 (365), Pike-317 (12), Potter-4, Schuylkill-283 (7), Snyder-31 (1), Somerset-19, Sullivan-1, Susquehanna-71 (4), Tioga-15 (2), Union-30, Venango-6, Warren-2 (1), Washington-87 (2), Wayne-86 (3), Westmoreland-300 (20), Wyoming-17 (1), York-531 (14).

As of noon April 20, there have been 136,272 negative tests for the coronavirus, an increase of 3,949 over the day before.

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 April 21, the U.S. Center for Disease Control reports there have been 803,583 cases of the Coronavirus reported in the U.S. with 44,575 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 need to go out and will be around other people, 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.