Coronavirus case reported in Carbon County, 851 cases statewide
State health officials reported 207 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, including the first reported positive in Carbon County.
There are now a total of 851 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide.
Authorities also announced on Tuesday that there were four new deaths from the virus, bringing the total number of virus deaths to seven.
A total of 8,643 people have tested negative for the virus statewide.
Total COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, March 24 (851 statewide)
Total virus deaths (7 statewide)
All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. Health officials did not provide any additional information about the Carbon County patient.
“Our notable increase in cases over the past few days indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “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.”
Local officials also reacted to the news.
Carbon County Commissioners’ Chairman Wayne Nothstein said that officials felt all along that cases of COVID-19 are probably here already, but just aren’t getting tested.
“We’re trying to find out how many people were tested in Carbon, but don’t have that number yet,” he said, noting that the state has released how many people have been tested across the state but don’t break it down by how many have been tested in each county.
Nothstein also said that as of right now, the state hasn’t released the location of the case to the commissioners.
“That’s the biggest problem, we don’t know how many are being tested and we don’t know if it is someone in a nursing home, or living in the mountains who came in from New York or New Jersey,” he said.
With commercial labs being the primary testing option for most Pennsylvanians, data is not available on the total number of tests pending.