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Lancaster County reports 6 more coronavirus deaths as statewide total of overall cases tops 48,000


The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 1,334 additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the statewide total to 48,305.

An additional 64 reported deaths brought the state total to 2,418.

Dauphin County did not report any more deaths, keeping its total at 25. Of those 25, 17 have been in nursing homes or personal care homes. It has 617 cases, up from 601 on Friday.

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However, Lancaster County reported 6 more deaths, putting it at 112 total. Of those, 89 are in nursing homes or personal care homes. Neither York nor Cumberland counties reported more deaths Saturday. York remained at 11, with 1 in a nursing home or personal care facility; Cumberland has 17, with 16 in nursing homes or personal care homes.

In overall cases, Lancaster County went from 1,820 on Friday to 1,904 on Saturday; Cumberland went from 349 to 365; and York went from 651 to 664. Lebanon County saw one more death, for a total of 10, and 710 cases, up from 694 cases. Of its 10 deaths, 5 are in nursing homes or personal care homes.

Statewide, there are 187,071 patients who have tested negative.

The highest one-day increase in total cases so far remains 1,989 on April 9.

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 8,827 resident cases of COVID-19, and 1,148 cases among employees, for a total of 9,975 at 478 facilities in 44 counties. Out of the total deaths, 1,614 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities — about 66.7 percent.

Four nursing homes or personal care facilities in Dauphin County have reported cases, affecting 102 residents and 20 employees.

Some of the hardest-hit counties: Philadelphia County is up to 12,948 cases and 422 deaths, 2 fewer than the day before. The decrease was not explained. Montgomery County has 4,487 cases and 369 deaths, an increase of 7. Lehigh County has 2,896 with 83 deaths, an increase of 3, and Luzerne has 2,211 with 97 deaths, an increase of 5. Delaware County has 3,999 cases and 255 deaths, an increase of 15 from the previous day. Bucks County has 3,182 cases and 237 deaths, an increase of 12. Allegheny County has 1,333 cases and 102 deaths, an increase of 3.

As of this morning, 2,674 coronavirus patients are hospitalized and 550 need ventilators, and 2,989 cases are in health care workers.

Statewide, 46 percent of hospital beds, 40 percent of intensive care unit beds and 75 percent of ventilators are still available — an increase from 70 percent on Friday.

Friday, the state reported 1,208 additional coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania. It reported 1,397 new coronavirus cases Thursday, 1,102 on Wednesday, and on Tuesday 1,214, following 885 on Monday and 1,116 on Sunday.

On April 25, it was 1,397 additional positive cases. On April 24, it was 1,599 cases, and on April 23, 1,369. There were 1,156 reported April 22, 1,296 on April 21, 948 on April 20, 1,215 on April 19, 1,628 on April 18 and 1,706 on April 17.

On April 16, there were 1,245 additional cases reported. On April 15, there were 1,145, with 1,146 on April 14, 1,366 on April 13 and 1,178 on April 12.

There were 1,676 additional positive cases reported April 11, 1,751 on April 10, 1,989 on April 9, 1,680 on April 8, 1,579 on April 7, 1,470 on April 6, 1,493 on April 5, 1,597 on April 4, 1,404 on April 3, and 1,211 on April 2. The total was 962 on April 1.

Positive cases by age range 

• 0-4 years, less than 1 percent

• 5 to 12 years, less than 1 percent

• 13 to 18 years, 1 percent

• 19 to 24 years, 6 percent

• 25 to 49 years, 38 percent

• 50 to 64 years, 27 percent

• 65 and older, 27 percent

Percentages may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

The Department of Health continues to stress the following:

• Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not 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 areas.

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

• Practice social distancing. Stay home as much as you can, and avoid public spaces. Keep at least 6 feet between you and others if you must go out. Don’t attend or host large gatherings. Avoid using mass transit.

• Wear a homemade cloth or fabric mask in public. Save surgical masks and N95 respirators  for our health care workers and first responders. Remember this saying: “My mask protects you, your mask protects me.”