Pa. Department of Health reports 560 new positives, brings statewide total to 1,687

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The department also reported five new deaths, bringing the statewide death total to 16

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WKBN) – The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of midnight Thursday, there are 560 additional positive cases of COVID-19. That brings the statewide total to 1,687 in 48 counties.

The department also reported five new deaths, bringing the statewide death total to 16.

There was one case in Lawrence County and three cases in Mercer County. Other county-specific information and a statewide map are available here

All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

“Our notable increase in cases over the past few days indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. “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.”

Thursday, Governor Tom Wolf also announced that he will spend up to $50 million in transferred state funding to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing homes, and emergency workers to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Pennsylvania.

“We need more beds, more ventilators, more personal protective equipment, and so much more and we need it as soon as possible because the virus is here,” Gov. Wolf said. “I am working to get this funding moving as quickly as I can. We need to do everything we can to support our front-line medical workers to protect them and ensure they have the equipment to care for patients. This funding is a step in the right direction.”

The $50 million in funding will be deposited into a restricted account under the governor’s jurisdiction and they will be used if there are insufficient funds available from the disaster proclamation.

The governor is expected to sign the bill Friday.

The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.

All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies.

Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.

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