Pennsylvania state health officials announced the first coronavirus-related death in the state Wednesday. Meanwhile, the statewide total of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus rose to 133.
The first death was reported Wednesday from Northampton County, the lone case there which was first reported back on March 12.
Locally, Berks County and Lackawanna County each got news of their first confirmed case of coronavirus. Schuylkill County remains at 0.
Montgomery County still has the most positive coronavirus cases at 42, a rise in 10 from the previous day.
The first positive case of coronavirus was reported on March 6.
Here’s the current county-by-county breakdown of positive coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania:
Coronavirus in PennsylvaniaCounty breakdown of positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Pennsylvania (as of March 19, 12:00 a.m.)
|Pennsylvania||Positive cases||First reported|
|Montgomery||42||March 7, 2020|
|Philadelphia||17||March 10, 2020|
|Delaware||14||March 6, 2020|
|Allegheny||11||March 14, 2020|
|Cumberland||10||March 13, 2020|
|Bucks||9||March 11, 2020|
|Chester||9||March 13, 2020|
|Monroe||7||March 9, 2020|
|Beaver||2||March 17, 2020|
|Pike||2||March 12, 2020|
|Washington||2||March 13, 2020|
|York||2||March 18, 2020|
|Berks||1||March 18, 2020|
|Lackawanna||1||March 18, 2020|
|Lehigh||1||March 15, 2020|
|Luzerne||1||March 15, 2020|
|Northampton||1||March 12, 2020|
|Wayne||1||March 6, 2020|
|TOTAL CONFIRMED POSITIVE||133|
“As this outbreak continues and testing increases, we are less able to specifically track all of these exposures,” Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine said at a daily press briefing. We assume there are peoples’ exposure we cannot trace back to a specific source. However, we are not yet seeing sustained community spread. However, we do expect that sustained community spread will happen in Pennsylvania.”