PA’s COVID-19 cases continue to surge; stay-at-home order now applies to half of PA counties

 

by Juliette Rihl, Nicole C. Brambila, Oliver Morrison, Rich Lord and Matt Petras, PublicSource

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania announced 756 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 4,843. The update is the largest single-day increase in cases, and marks an 18% increase in cases from Monday. The state also announced 14 new deaths, bringing the total death count to 63.

Allegheny County announced 35 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the county total up to 325. The update is a 12% increase from Monday’s cases. In total, 51 people have been hospitalized in the county, including past hospitalizations.

Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine on Tuesday expanded their stay-at-home order to include Cameron, Crawford, Forest, Franklin, Lawrence, Lebanon and Somerset counties, bringing the state total to 33 counties. On Monday, Wolf extended the order until April 30.

On Tuesday, the state said there have been more than 514 patients hospitalized in the state and 159 of those have required ICU treatment; 94 patients have required ventilators.

Levine on Tuesday said that the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has created a statistical model to forecast the spread of the virus in the state, but due to the complexity of modeling infectious diseases, the state is still awaiting the projections.

LuAnn Brink, Allegheny County Health Department’s chief epidemiologist, said Tuesday that the county has been testing about 500 people per day for the past week. “That’s a giant increase that we’re very happy about,” she said.

People demonstrate appropriate social distancing while getting some exercise around the lake at North Park on March 22. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

PA’s COVID-19 cases continue to surge; stay-at-home order now applies to half of PA counties

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