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Schuylkill records first virus death in long-term facility

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of midnight that there are 888 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 51,845. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

Today, the state is reporting an increase of 94 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 3,106 deaths in Pennsylvania.

Carbon County’s increased by just one case from Tuesday’s report, bringing the total to186, with one more death recorded for 16. Of those, 12 deaths were in long-term care facilities.

In Lehigh County, there are 3063 cases, an increase of 64 cases. Deaths increased by eight to 102. Of those deaths, 69 were in long-term care.

In Luzerne County, there are 2,306 cases, an increase of 26 from Tuesday. There are three additional deaths for a total of 107. Of those deaths, 71 were in nursing homes.

Monroe County is reporting 4 new cases, for a total of 1,190. Deaths remain at 60. Of those, 25 were in long-term care facilities.

Northampton County recorded 34 new cases, for a total of 2,313 cases. Deaths rose from by four to 122 cases, with 78 of those in long-term care.

Schuylkill County reported 14 new cases, for a total of 419. Deaths climbed from 7 to 9, with the first long-term care death reported.

There are 204,495 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

Nearly 1% are aged 0-4;

Nearly 1% are aged 5-12;

1% are aged 13-18;

Nearly 6% are aged 19-24;

37% are aged 25-49;

Nearly 27% are aged 50-64; and

27% are aged 65 or older.

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 10,010 resident cases of COVID-19, and 1,372 cases among employees, for a total of 11,382 at 502 distinct facilities in 44 counties. Out of the total deaths, 2,108 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. The state is not releasing information about which facilities have cases.

Approximately 3,316 of our total cases are in health care workers.

All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide through the remainder of the academic year. Currently the entire state is under a stay-at-home order.