The first positive case of COVID-19 coronavirus in Schuylkill County was confirmed by state health officials early this afternoon.
Previously, the county had gone 16 days while watching other counties added to the list published by state health officials daily. On Sunday, the county’s first case was confirmed.
No other details on the confirmed case are available right now. We’ll be monitoring the situation to see if any more details are provided by the state or any local officials.
First Schuylkill County Coronavirus Case Confirmed
For more than two weeks, we’ve seen coronavirus cases confirmed mostly along the eastern edge of Pennsylvania, plus a small cluster of cases surrounding Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
On Sunday, more interior counties – especially those bordering Schuylkill County – learned they have at least 1 positive case, too.
Here’s a breakdown of the cases listed by counties surrounding Schuylkill:
- Schuylkill: 1
- Berks: 13
- Columbia 1
- Dauphin: 1
- Lebanon: 3
- Lehigh: 19
- Luzerne: 7
- Carbon: 0
- Northumberland: 0
“Our notable increase in cases over the last few days indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Health Sec. Rachel Levine said in a release Sunday. “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 479 cases confirmed in 33 counties across Pennsylvania. Two Pennsylvanians have died since the first report of coronavirus back on March 6. A total of 108 were added to the total Sunday. Additionally, 4,964 people have tested negative for COVID-19 coronavirus.
In a Sunday press briefing, Levine said about 47 Pennsylvanians have required hospitalization for treatment.
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