PA COVID-19 Cases and Deaths up
HARRISBURG (MAR 27 2020) -- Pennsylvania's total novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, cases rose sharply again yesterday. According to information released this afternoon by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, as of midnight last night, the acknowledged total number of COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth went over the 2,000 person mark. With 531 newly identified cases, the second day in a row with more than 500 new cases, the Pennsylvania total is now 2,218 in 50 counties, a 31% increase over the numbers released yesterday. The department also reported seven new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 22. Monroe County cases jumped 21 to a total of 98, including two previously-reported deaths, both men from East Stroudsburg, aged 56 and 49.
“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.”
There are 21,016 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:
· Less than 1% are aged 0-4;
· Less than 1% are aged 5-12;
· Nearly 2% are aged 13-18;
· 11% are aged 19-24;
· 40% are aged 25-49;
· Nearly 28% are aged 50-64; and
· 18% are aged 65 or older.
The Department said most of the patients hospitalized are aged 25-49, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date. Nationwide, yesterday the United States became the country with the single-largest number of cases, now in excess of 86,000, and is expected to top 100,000 sometime today.
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Coronavirus COVID-19 global cases (Johns Hopkins)
Novel coronavirus infection map (University of Washington)
COVID-19 surveillance dashboard (University of Virginia)
COVID-19 coronavirus tracker (Kaiser Family Foundation)
COVID-19 coronavirus oubreak (Worldometer)
Coronavirus: the new disease Covid-19 explained (South China Morning Post)
Mapping the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak (Esri StoryMaps)