Third Confirmed Monroe County COVID-19 Patient is a School Age Student
HARRISBURG (MAR 13 2020)-- At a 12;30 press briefing this afternoon, Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Health, revealed that the third Monroe County person to test positive for the Coronavirus is a pediatric patient. No further information has been provided about that patient. Dr. Levine said only that the Monroe County patient was under 18 and in school. The DOH said that the test results came in this morning, the student is in isolation at home, and that they have been in discussions with the student's district and other school districts in the County. They did not disclose the school the patient attends. It should be noted that the Secretary said that this patient is among those for whom they know the source of the virus and it was not from the community in general.
Four additional patients tested positive, bring the total number of known cases in Pennsylvania to 33. To date, the state has tested 300 people, of which 140 tested negative, and 34 positive (this includes one out of state patient not included in Pennsylvania's total of 33). The four additional adult patients announced this afternoon are in Delaware and Philadelphia counties. Dr. Levine said that they have ruled out community spread for thirty-two of the positive Pennsylvania cases. One case remains under investigation to determine the source of the virus. At this point, Dr. Levine has said, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has no evidence of "sustained community spread" anywhere in Pennsylvania.
The counties impacted and number of cases reported as of today are: