Pennsylvania reports than 35,000 cases, 1,600 COVID-19 deaths so far

Construction and car sales will resume, and the stay-at-home order may be lifted for some areas starting May 8.

 

by Public Source Reporters

On Wednesday, the state reported 1,156 additional COVID-19 cases and 58 new deaths. That’s a total of 35,684 confirmed and probable cases of the coronavirus, and 1,622 confirmed and probable deaths. About 2% of the state’s total cases are listed as probable cases and 18% of the total deaths are listed as probable deaths.

Allegheny County reported 29 additional cases and seven additional deaths, for a total of 1,088 cases and 74 deaths. Out of those, 36 of the cases and 15 of the deaths are listed as probable not confirmed.

This follows a spike of 276 deaths on Sunday, which Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine explained Sunday is due to a catch-up in data collection rather than an accounting of an abnormally high 24-hour period of new 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.

“The steps we’re taking today are not a sign that we should abandon social distancing. We absolutely should not,” Wolf said during the livestream. “COVID-19 is still very, very much a threat to all of us, and we still need to do our part, each and every one of us, to cut back on our physical interactions with others in order to eliminate the transmission, the spread of this disease.”

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

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Pennsylvania reports than 35,000 cases, 1,600 COVID-19 deaths so far

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