Pennsylvania health officials announced there are 268 positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the state, as of March 20.
Despite the rise in positive cases reported overnight, Schuylkill County remains at 0 positive coronavirus patients. We’re 1 of 41 counties in Pennsylvania without a positive test result.
Leading the way remains Montgomery County, which has 59 cases, up 17 over the last 2 days. Philadelphia County has the second-most cases at 42. Surrounding Schuylkill County, here are county totals of positive coronavirus tests:
- Berks: 5
- Lebanon: 1
- Lehigh: 2
- Luzerne: 2
- Carbon: 0
- Columbia: 0
- Dauphin: 0
Pennsylvania at 268 Positive Coronavirus Cases
On Friday, the state reported 83 new positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus. Health officials say the disease is “increasing at an exponential pace”.
In addition to the 268 positive test results, the state also reports 2,574 cases negative. That means about 9% of tests come back positive.
The numbers on Friday, including the number of counties with a positive case, prompted health officials to say there was a suggestion of “community spread” of the Chinese coronavirus.
“While we continue to be concerned about the spread of this virus to seniors, a preliminary analysis from the CDC this week shows that 20 percent of all hospitalized patients in the U.S. are between 20 and 44 years old,” Health Sec. Rachel Levine says. “We are seriously concerned that individuals in their 20 to 44 age range are not heeding the message to stay home and are creating an unnecessary risk to themselves and others.”
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