PA announces most single-day COVID-19 deaths Tuesday

Initial reopening steps to begin May 8

Construction and car sales will resume, and the stay-at-home order may be lifted for some areas.

by PublicSource Reporters

On Tuesday, the state announced 360 new confirmed or probable COVID-19 deaths, the highest number of deaths in a single day so far. The state also announced 1,296 additional cases.

The announcement brings the state’s total number of cases to 34,528 and total death count to 1,564.

As of Tuesday, 132,323 Pennsylvanians have tested positive for COVID-19. From Monday to Tuesday, COVID-19 cases in the state climbed about 3.9%.

On Tuesday, Allegheny County reported 17 new confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases and 12 new confirmed or probable deaths. A probable case is when a person has COVID-19 symptoms and was in close contact with a confirmed case but has not been tested; a probable death is when COVID-19 is listed on the deceased’s death certificate but the person never had a positive test for the virus, the county said.

The county’s total caseload is 1,059. The county has now reported 188 past and present hospitalizations and 67 deaths.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced on April 20 that Pennsylvania plans to take some steps toward reopening parts of the state and its economy on May 8.

Construction will resume; car sales may be performed online; 176 Wine and Spirit shops will be open for curbside pick-up; and the stay-at-home order may be lifted for some areas throughout the state. Wolf did not comment on if he thought Allegheny County would be among those areas to open or not.

Gov. Tom Wolf. (From the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office)

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PA announces most single-day COVID-19 deaths Tuesday; initial reopening steps to begin May 8

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