State’s COVID-19 Cases Rise to 644 in 34 Counties, One More Death
As of 12 a.m. today, Pennsylvania had 165 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s total to 644. There are no new reported cases in Franklin County. One case was diagnosed here last week. New cases were reported today in both Cumberland (now at 12) and Adams (now at 6) Counties.
There was one new death in Montgomery County, a suburb of Philadelphia. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.
“Our notable increase in cases over the last few days indicates we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now. Stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”
Statewide, there are 644 cases of COVID-19 reported from commercial, hospital and state labs. There are 6,595 patients who have tested negative and 3 total deaths. With commercial labs being the primary testing option for most Pennsylvanians, data is not available on the total number of tests pending.
- Enforcement of business closuresbegin at 8 a.m., Monday, March 23.
- Provided closure enforcementguidanceto law enforcement.
- Allnon-life-sustaining businessesmust close to slow the spread of COVID-19.
- Pennsylvania k-12 schoolsclosed withguidanceprovided.
- Postponing in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States.
- Discretion for religious leaders in holding services.
- No-visitor policies at all state correctional facilities and nursing homes to ensure the safety of inmates, residents, staff, and visitors.
- Restricted-visitor policies in state centers.
- Restricted-visitor policies in assisted living and personal care homes.
Help reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
- Clean surfaces frequently.
- Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
Updated Coronavirus Links
- For the daily COVID-19 Report, visithere.
- Community preparedness and procedures materials are availablehere.
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