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Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Up to 22 Positive Coronavirus Cases – Wolf Discourages Gatherings

wolf coronavirus update march 12

wolf coronavirus update march 12

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Pennsylvania now has 22 positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus.

On Thursday, state health officials confirmed the first presumed positive cases of coronavirus in Northampton and Pike counties.

In a press briefing, Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine said the person from Pike County came into contact with a COVID-19 positive person from another state. They’re in isolation at their home.

Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

County breakdown of positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Pennsylvania (as of March 19, 12:00 a.m.)
PennsylvaniaPositive cases First reported
Montgomery42March 7, 2020
Philadelphia17March 10, 2020
Delaware14March 6, 2020
Allegheny11March 14, 2020
Cumberland10March 13, 2020
Bucks9March 11, 2020
Chester9March 13, 2020
Monroe7March 9, 2020
Beaver2March 17, 2020
Pike2March 12, 2020
Washington2March 13, 2020
York2March 18, 2020
Berks1March 18, 2020
Lackawanna1March 18, 2020
Lehigh1March 15, 2020
Luzerne1March 15, 2020
Northampton1March 12, 2020
Wayne1March 6, 2020

Today, 6 new presumed positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus were diagnosed in Pennsylvania.

Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

DateCOVID-19 + cases
March 62
March 72
March 82
March 94
March 102
March 114
March 126
March 1319
Reported positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Pennsylvania by day

Pennsylvania at 22 Coronavirus Cases, Governor Discourages Public Gatherings

At the same conference, Gov. Wolf also urged all Pennsylvanians to avoid large public gatherings. That announcement is likely to have a major impact on businesses across the Commonwealth, including here in Schuylkill County.

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Wolf described a large gathering as something like a special event or conference, where 250 or more people might be in attendance. The governor also discouraged people from going to places like movie theaters, fitness centers and gyms, as well as shopping malls.

Wolf also urged religious leaders in Pennsylvania to consider public safety in regard to regular services at their places of worship.

Visitors have been banned from state correctional facilities and military veterans homes.

The state has imposed more strict measures in Montgomery County, specifically, where a majority of the COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania have been identified.

Wolf says these are “mitigation methods” toward preventing the spread of the deadly pandemic virus. Outside of Montgomery County, presumed positive cases of COVID-19 are isolated, just 1 or 2 per county, mostly.

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Sec. Levine confirmed at today’s press briefing, “We have not seen sustained community spread.”

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