Pennsylvania sees 40% jump in number of confirmed coronavirus cases

Written by on March 20, 2020

Pennsylvania sees 40% jump in number of confirmed coronavirus cases

By Tyler Pratt

March 20, 2020

A worker verifies a coronavirus drive-thru testing appointment at a Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) station in Curtis Bay, Md., Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Maryland opened three drive-thru testing sites for residents who are symptomatic or at high risk of complications from COVID-19. The tests are offered at three vehicle emissions testing sites in Anne Arundel, Charles and Harford counties. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Pennsylvania has seen a 40% jump in the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases.

Currently, Pennsylvania has reported 52 new cases of the coronavirus. This brings the state total to 185. There has been one death from the COVID-19 in Northampton county, with an additional four cases confirmed. 

There has been one case in Lehigh County. 

State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine spoke at a press conference yesterday afternoon, warning hospitals of the “very real potential” of many more seriously ill and critically ill patients.

“Daily counts, COVID-19, daily cash counts are increasing rapidly especially in urban areas and in particular Southeast Pennsylvania,” said Levine.

“We do have significant hospitalization rates in Pennsylvania and that will, as the number of patients increases, put a strain on our hospitals and health care systems.”

Levine recommends people who think they may have the virus but are only showing mild symptoms, stay home. And call their health care provider for next steps.

She is also asking residents to conserve their use of personal protective equipment, including masks, in light of the crisis. She says the state has limited resources and needs to reserve them for front line responders and hospital personnel.

“The best way to limit your exposure to COVID-19 does not involve wearing a mask. It is to stay calm. Stay home. And stay safe,” said Levine.

Levine also spoke about the economic impact to the entire state. If businesses are unsure if they should stay open, they are invited to call the Pennsylvania Department of Health for guidance.


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