PA COVID-19 Cases Now at 41, in 11 Counties, Second PA Child Infected, Second County Locked Down
HARRISBURG (mar 13 2020) -- At a late afternoon press briefing, Governor Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine revealed 8 additional Coronavirus cases, including one child in Cumberland County, since her briefing just several hours before. Pennsylvania now knows of 41 cases across 41 counties and is waiting for results on another 130 tests. Today marks one week since the first two COVID-19 patients were identified in Pennsylvania. The Governor also announced that he was extending to adjacent Delaware County the mandatory shutdown imposed previously on Montgomery County. The two counties currently account for nearly 60% of the known Pennsylvania cases. The Governor ordered closed all schools, adult day cares, entertainment venues, theaters,and gyms in the counties. He also recommended that "non-essential" retail stores close as well. Earlier in the day the Governor ordered all K-12 schools in the commonwealth to be closed for ten work days, starting on Monday. The Pocono Mountain School District issued a statement indicating that they had not been told in advance of the closure order, nor given guidance. The PMSD canceled all activities on school campus starting Saturday, March 14, through the end of the mandatory closure. In the face of sparse availability of state testing, commercial providers and hospitals have been working on developing their own. today, Lehigh Valley Health Network announced it will open eight patient testing centers, including one in Stroudsburg, for testing of the novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19.
“If you do not have any symptoms, you do not need to be tested at this time,” Levine said. “If you have very mild symptoms, like a stuffy or runny nose, that could be a cold, that could be allergies; you do not need to be tested at this time. But if you have the following symptoms: a temperature of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, shortness of breath or cough, please call your healthcare provider. They will help you determine if your symptoms are in line with or consistent with COVID-19 and if you need a test.”
Individuals with symptoms of the virus (fever, cough, and shortness of breath), can be screened by LVHN online or by phone. Those wanting to be screened can call the MyLVHN Nurse Information line at 1-888-402-LVHN or complete an LVHN Video Visit by downloading the MyLVHN app.
If after a screening LVHN professionals determine a patient has COVID-19 symptoms they will be directed to one of LVHN’s eight standalone COVID-19 testing locations.