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Pennsylvania coronavirus cases increase by 560, with 5 more deaths reported; Dauphin number up

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There number of coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania took its biggest jump yet Thursday, with 560 new cases and 5 more reported deaths, bringing the totals to 1,687 and 16 statewide.

The number of cases increased statewide by 276 on Wednesday, 207 on Tuesday, 165 on Monday, 108 on Sunday, 103 on Saturday, 73 on Friday, and 52 on Thursday.

Previous to Thursday’s announcement, the deaths statewide were: 2 in Allegheny County, 2 in Lackawanna, 1 in Luzerne, 1 in Monroe, 1 in Montgomery3 in Northampton and one in Philadelphia. There were deaths reported in Butler, Delaware, Lehigh, Monroe and Montgomery counties on Thursday.

Dauphin County increased to 13 cases in numbers released Thursday, up from 10.

On Thursday, there were huge increases in Philadelphia County (up 145 to 402), Montgomery County (up 110 to 282), and Allegheny County (up 45 to 133). 

York County went from 20 cases to 21 cases. Lancaster County went from 12 to 21. Cumberland County went from 13 to 15 cases.

Cases now have been reported in 48 counties of the state’s 67 counties, up from 44. Blair, Crawford, Indiana and Susquehanna counties reported their first cases.

Counties impacted to date include:

• Adams (7, up 1)

• Allegheny (133, up 45, 2 deaths)

• Armstrong (1, no change)

• Beaver (13, up 6)

• Berks (36, up 16)

• Blair (1, first case)

• Bradford (2, up 1)

• Bucks (107, up 21)

• Butler (19, up 7, 1 death)

• Cambria (1, no change)

• Carbon (2, up 1)

• Centre (9, up 1)

• Chester (84, up 30)

• Clearfield (2, up no change)

• Columbia (3, up 2)

• Crawford (1, first case)

• Cumberland (15, up 2)

• Dauphin (13, up 3)

• Delaware (156, up 55)

• Erie (4, no change)

• Fayette (8, up 4)

• Franklin (5, no change)

• Greene (3, up 1)

• Indiana (1, first case)

• Juniata (1, no change)

• Lackawanna (28, up 10, 2 deaths)

• Lancaster (21, up 9)

• Lawrence (1, no change)

• Lebanon (4, up 1)

• Lehigh (63, up 25, 1 death)

• Luzerne (36, up 9, 1 death)

• Lycoming (1, no change)

• Mercer (3, up 1)

• Monroe (67, up 16, 2 deaths)

• Montgomery (282, up 110, 2 deaths)

• Montour (4, no change)

• Northampton (56, up 12, 3 deaths)

• Philadelphia (402, up 145, 1 death)

• Pike (15, up 6)

• Potter (1, no change)

• Schuylkill (9, up 3)

• Somerset (2, no change)

• Susquehanna (1, first case)

• Warren (1, no change)

• Washington (12, up 2)

• Wayne (6, up 2)

• Westmoreland (24, up 8)

• York (21, up 1)

There have been 16,441 negative tests for the coronavirus.

The Department of Health continues to stress the following:

• Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands.

• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

• Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cellphones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.

• Contain: If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.