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Case count climb continues; three counties added to stay-at-home order

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced an additional 533 cases of COVID-19 in Saturday’s update.

That brings the state-wide total to 2,751 in 50 counties in addition to 25,254 patients who have tested negative, according Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine.

Gov. Tom Wolf said during Saturday’s briefing that the disease has “rear(ed) its ugly head in every corner of our Commonwealth.

“We need to protect ourselves from spreading it. Please do not leave your homes unless absolutely necessary.”

He also announced an expansion of his stay-at-home order to Beaver, Centre and Washington counties.

“Someone’s life depends on you staying home,” Wolf said. “We need to control the spread… to prevent our hospitals from becoming overburdened.”

Wolf outlined a series of regulation rollbacks – such as allowing retired health professions to reactivate their licenses without fees or continuing education credits – aimed at enhancing the state’s health care effort.

“(They) don’t necessarily need to take COVID-19 patients to help,” he said, noting that caring for other needs is “freeing up others to assist with the pandemic.”

Levine explained that to date there have been 34 deaths throughout the state of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 and “all of those deaths have been in adult patients.”

In spite of the crisis, Levine said she is a “very hopeful and optimistic person” because “of the fantastic health care professionals, first responders and emergency medical services who are working tirelessly to ensure Pennsylvanians are safe.

“We are a strong and resilient Commonwealth. We know that the only way we’re going to get through is is to get through it together…. I know it is not easy but it truly is our most important job right now.”

The new case totals for the last three days have been relatively consistent.

“We have observed that,” Levine said, emphasizing that the state is “watching that data very, very carefully.”

She cautioned that it is “too early to draw conclusions at this time” and that the Department of Health will be “taking it day-by-day” as they review additional data.

Neighboring McKean County has a positive test and appeared in the state’s totals for the first time on Saturday. Cameron, Tioga and Clarion counties also are now on the list with one case each.

Here is Saturday’s county-by-county breakdown: Philadelphia (709) and five fatalities, Montgomery (411) and five fatalities, Delaware (226) and four fatalities, Allegheny (219) and two fatalities, Bucks (152), Chester (116), Lehigh (109) and three fatalities, Monroe (106) and two fatalities, Northampton (94) and four fatalities, Berks (65), Luzerne (65) and two fatalities, Lackawanna (51) and two fatalities, Lancaster (45) and one fatality, Butler (41) and two fatalities, Westmoreland (41), York (37), Pike (27) and one fatality, Dauphin, Washington (23), Beaver (22), Cumberland (22) and one fatality, Schuylkill (16), Centre, Lebanon (15), Fayette (10), Adams, Lawrence (8), Erie, Franklin (7), Greene, Mercer, Wayne (6), Montour (5), Columbia (4), Bradford, Carbon (3), Armstrong, Blair, Clearfield, Crawford, Indiana, Lycoming, Potter, Somerset (2),

There is one case in each of the following counties: Warren, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Huntingdon, Juniata, McKean, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Susquehanna and Tioga.

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