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State announces 756 new cases Tuesday

Seven new counties were added to the stay-at-home order and 756 new cases of COVID-19 highlighted Tuesday’s Department of Health briefing.

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine explained that the new cases brings the total to 4,843.

Sixty-three adults who tested positive have died and 37,645 tests were returned negative.

Levine then announced that the following counties were added to the stay-at-home order: Cameron, Crawford, Forest, Franklin, Lawrence, Lebanon and Somerset.

Looking at the state-wide numbers, Levine said that five percent of cases have been in health care workers, less than one percent in nursing homes and that approximately 10 percent have required hospitalization. Of those, she explained, 159 required hospitalization in an intensive care unit and 94 have required the use of ventilators.

Several models have attempted to forecast a peak for the case counts but Levine acknowledged that the “modeling of infectious diseases is very complex” and that the department is waiting for results with updated information on a model from the University of Pittsburgh.

Forest County currently has zero cases and Crawford has just four but was added to the stay-at-home order. Levine explained there are a “number of factors that we consider” including the number of cases, the number of cases per capita, the rate of change in cases and emphasized that they take “into consideration the recommendation” of the people in the counties, including county officials and representatives.

As more and more of the state falls under the stay-at-home order, what outdoor activities will be safe?

Levine said going for a walk, hike, jog or bike ride is “ok” if people “maintain social distancing.

“Going for a solitary walk… would be fine.”

Here are Tuesday’s county-by-county case totals: Philadelphia (1,197) and 10 fatalities, Montgomery (570) and six fatalities, Delaware (338) and five fatalities, Allegheny (325) and two fatalities, Bucks (286) and three fatalities, Lehigh (272) and four fatalities, Northampton (245) and five fatalities, Monroe (236) and seven fatalities, Luzerne (212) and four fatalities, Chester (159) and one fatalities, Lancaster (123) and three fatalities, Berks (110), Lackawanna (78) and three fatalities, York (66), Westmoreland (61), Butler (60) and two fatalities, Beaver (52) and one fatality, Pike (48) and one fatality, Dauphin (45) and one fatality, Schuylkill (38), Cumberland (36) and one fatality, Washington (33), Lebanon (28), Centre (26), Franklin (19), Carbon (17) and one fatality, Erie, Fayette (14), Lawrence (13) and two fatalities, Wayne (10), Adams, Greene, Montour (9), Mercer (8), Bradford, Columbia (7), Indiana, Lycoming (6), Armstrong (5), Blair, Clearfield, Crawford, Union (4), Clarion, Juniata, Venango (3), Snyder (2) and one fatality, Bedford, Cambria, Mifflin, Potter, Somerset, Tioga (2),

There is one case in each of the following counties: Warren, Cameron, Huntingdon, McKean (Kane), Northumberland, Perry and Susquehanna.

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