Posted by on March 22, 2020 3:35 am

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A total of 371 Pennsylvania residents have tested positive with COVID-19 coronavirus, state health officials said Saturday. They also confirmed a second death related to the disease. The death was confirmed in Allegheny County Saturday.

For the 16th day of reporting positive coronavirus cases, Schuylkill County remained at 0 confirmed cases.

Montgomery County still has the most positive cases at 71. Philadelphia County now has 69 cases. No other county in Pennsylvania has half Philadelphia’s total.

Pennsylvania at 371 Positive Coronavirus Cases, 2 Deaths – Schuylkill at 0 Positive

In addition to the 371 positive tests conducted over the course of more than 2 weeks, Pennsylvania has 3,766 negative results come back from labs. That’s 8.9% who’ve tested positive.

Saturday was the second full day in which Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close their physical locations.

On Friday, Wolf had to update that list to include more businesses considered life-sustaining. He was inundated with protests from upset business owners who appealed being included on the non-life-sustaining list.

Enforcement action against those violating this order is expected to begin after midnight Monday.

“Our notable increase in cases over the last few days indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” PA Health Sec. Rachel Levine said in a statement Saturday. “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.”

In Schuylkill County, mainly in the Pottsville area, we found grocery stores busy but not crammed with panic-stricken shoppers like last weekend. We visited one prominent local grocery store and didn’t have to wait in line whatsoever. No toilet tissue could be had and raw meat supplies were low but plenty of other foodstuffs were available.

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