The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 31, that there are 756 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 4,843 in 60 counties. The department also reported 14 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 63. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.
Luzerne County now has 212 total cases and 4 deaths. Yesterday, Luzerne County had 150 total cases.
Carbon County now has 17 total cases and one death. Yesterday Carbon County had 13 total cases.
Schuylkill County now has 38 total cases. Yesterday Schuylkill County had 30 total cases.
“The continued rise in cases combined with our increasing deaths from COVID-19 reflects the seriousness of this situation,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We need everyone to listen to the orders in place and to stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We know that these prolonged mitigation effects have been difficult for everyone, but it is essential that everyone follows these orders and does not go out unless they absolutely must.”
There are 37,645 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;
· 1% are aged 13-18;
· Nearly 10% are aged 19-24;
· Nearly 41% are aged 25-49;
· Nearly 29% are aged 50-64; and
· Nearly 19% 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. There have been no pediatric deaths to date.
All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide indefinitely. Currently 26 counties are under stay-at-home orders.
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