Four new positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus have been confirmed in Pennsylvania on Monday.
In an afternoon update from state health officials, 3 more cases were confirmed: 2 more in Montgomery County and 1 in Monroe County.
Pennsylvania Coronavirus Cases Now at 10
Earlier Monday, the state Health Dept. added 1 more case to the list of active coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania. That patient, from Montgomery County, is in critical condition at University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.
Then, in an afternoon update, the state added 3 more, to bring the total in Pennsylvania to 10. The first case was reported on March 6.
Montgomery County is the only area in Pennsylvania with multiple cases, 7.
Monroe County Case Hospitalized
At a press briefing on Monday, state health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says the presumed positive case of COVID-19 coronavirus in Monroe County is hospitalized, as is a second case in Montgomery County.
The positive case revealed earlier Monday remains in critical condition.
Vigilance Over Panic
Despite the recent uptick in confirmed presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus, Levine urges vigilance against the spread of any viral infection.
“Right now, you have a higher chance of testing positive for COVID-19 if you have traveled to a country or state with known community outbreaks or have come in contact with someone who has the virus. We are working with the health care community across Pennsylvania to keep them informed, consult on patient testing and ensuring they have the resources they need to care for patients,” she says in a Monday afternoon update.
She adds, “Since the start of flu season, we have encouraged Pennsylvanians to stop the spread of illnesses by washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning surfaces and staying home if you are sick. Those are the same healthy habits you should continue to practice to protect your family and yourself against the spread of this virus.”