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State-wide COVID-19 case count surpasses 10,000

Forest County adds second positive

The state-wide count of COVID-19 cases has crested 10,000.

An additional 1,597 cases were added to the Department of Health’s total on Saturday, bringing that total to 10,017 cases in 64 of the state’s 67 counties.

Additionally, 136 individuals who tested positive for the virus – all adults – have died.

Social distancing has become a buzzword in our lexicon and guidance is to now wear masks when leaving home.

Are the measures implemented over the last few weeks working?

“I don’t think we have recent data from the time that the governor issued the state-wide stay-at-home order,” Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said on Saturday.

However, she did articulate that they do “feel that Pennsylvanians will do the right thing” and the “right thing is to practice social distancing” and stay home.

She reiterated that “it is OK” to go outside for exercise “if you are doing that in a solitary way.”

She also indicated that no further mitigation efforts are planned at this time.

“We’re going to depend upon Pennsylvanians do to the right thing….”

During her opening comments in Saturday’s briefing, she emphasized that the opioid and substance abuse epidemics “have not gone away.

“Even in challenging times, help is available,” Levine said. “Drug and alcohol treatment providers are available and open during this very trying time.

“For Pennsylvanians in recovery, we know this can be a very difficult time for you. Continue to put your recovery first.”

Here’s Saturday’s county-by-county case counts: Philadelphia (2,610) and 24 fatalities, Montgomery (982) and 17 fatalities, Lehigh (804) and seven fatalities, Luzerne (648) and five fatalities, Delaware (616) and 13 fatalities, Northampton (588) and 11 fatalities, Allegheny (552) and thee fatalities, Bucks (488) and 11 fatalities, Monroe (484) and 11 fatalities, Lancaster (291) and five fatalities, Chester (250) and two fatalities, Berks (235) and two fatalities, Lackawanna (146) and six fatalities, York (144) and one fatality, Westmoreland (135), Dauphin (99) and one fatality, Pike (97) and one fatality, Lebanon (87), Butler (84) and two fatalities, Schuylkill (77), Beaver (69) and six fatalities, Cumberland (54) and two fatalities, Carbon (46) and one fatality, Washington (46), Centre (39), Wayne (28), Franklin (27), Fayette (23) and one fatality, Lawrence (22) and two fatalities, Adams (21), Columbia (20), Erie, Montour (19), Mercer (14), Armstrong, Greene (12), Bradford, Lycoming (10), Indiana, Northumberland (9), Clearfield, Juniata (7), Snyde (6) and one fatality, Cambria (6), Perry (5) and one fatality, Blair, Crawford, Susquehanna, Union, Wyoming (5), Bedford, Clarion, Huntingdon, Mifflin (4), Potter, Somerset, Tioga, Venango (3), Forest (2) and Warren, Cameron, Clinton, McKean, Sullivan (1).

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