by PublicSource Reporters
As Pennsylvania’s primary election approaches, both the county and state reported relatively low numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Allegheny County reported no new COVID-19 deaths Monday and only one additional case. To date, the county has reported 1,912 COVID-19 cases and 151 deaths. The county has not reported a new COVID-19 death since May 27.
Pennsylvania reported 12 new COVID-19-related deaths and 356 new cases Monday, bringing the totals to 5,567 deaths and 72,282 cases.
Kathy Boockvar, the secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, said at a Monday press conference that the Department of State continues to prepare for Tuesday’s primary elections in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We hope that tomorrow Pennsylvanians will continue the long and hallowed tradition of peacefully voting as the bedrock of our democracy,” Boockvar said. “The two words of the day … are patience and gratitude.”
She said personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves and hand sanitizer, will be available for voters at polling places statewide. Face shields are also available for poll workers, as well as painter’s tape to mark where to stand within polling places to remain socially distanced.
She added that, in total, about 1.8 million residents have been approved for mail-in ballots, which she said was 17 times greater than the number of voters who applied for a ballot for the 2016 presidential primary. About 1.1 million ballots have already been received across the 67 county boards of elections, she reported, and all ballots to be counted must be returned to counties by 8 p.m. June 2.
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