Two more Franklin County residents have died as a result of COVID-19 infections as of this afternoon, according to Franklin County Coroner Jeff Conner. That brings the county’s total death toll to three as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
One person died today and one yesterday, according to Conner. Neither of the two deaths were on the state Department of Heath’s official list as of this morning. Franklin County has 181 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,516 negative tests, according to that list. It still shows only one positive COVID-19 death, although Conner now reports three.
DOH secretary Rachel Levine has acknowledged a delay in both reporting and tabulating both test results and death reports. DOH began adding deaths that hadn’t been confirmed as COVID-19 earlier this week, but were presumed to be Coronavirus related.
Franklin County, which had zero such deaths up to that time suddenly jumped to 10 deaths. Conner said, however, that the county had just seen its first death that day. He sent his report in that evening. DOH changed the 10 deaths to one death Two days later, and Levine said presumed COVID-19 deaths would no longer be included with positive cases.
Today’s DOH report puts the state’s new positive cases at 1,397, bringing the commonwealth’s total to 40,049 since the first case was reported early in March. A total of 152,886 people have tested negative for the virus during the same period.
Today’s new COVID-9 Numbers
Neighboring counties COVID-119 stats as of Saturday, April 25
- Cumberland County: 250 cases, 1,167 negative tests, 8 deaths (all but one were nursing home patients)
- Adams County: 113 confirmed positive cases, 1,371 negatives and 1 death. That death was a nursing home patient.
- Fulton County: 3 cases, 65 negatives and no deaths.
Today WellSpan reported on its daily webpage update that 14 positive cases and 16 suspected cases of COVID-19 were being treated at Chambersburg Hospital.
Three suspected cases were being treated at Waynesboro Hospital and two positive and three suspected cases were being treated at Gettysburg Hospital.