Pa. coronavirus update: More than 500 new cases as state total approaches 72K | Pa. county COVID-19 case map (05/31/20)

The number of new coronavirus cases went up by 511 on Sunday, according to the latest information released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on May 31, 2020. The total number of COVID-19 cases statewide now stands at 71,926.

Every county in Pennsylvania has at least one case. The state reported another 18 new deaths, bringing the total to 5,555 coronavirus-related deaths since the first case was reported in Pennsylvania in March.

The number of cases in the Lehigh Valley went up by 38, from 6,809 to 6,848. Those statistics include Lehigh and Northampton counties.

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Last week 18 counties entered the green phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan and all counties are expected to be out of the red phase by June 5.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine warned residents not to lower their guard against the spread of the disease.

“We need to remember that the threat from COVID-19 has not gone away,” she said. “As counties move into the yellow and green phases, we must take personal responsibility to protect others. Wearing a mask, continuing to maintain social distancing, and washing your hands frequently are all steps we can take to help protect others, including our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our essential workers and our healthcare system.”

There are 620 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases, according to the state. There are 383,111 patients who have tested negative to date.

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. In nursing and personal care homes, there are 15,486 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,659 cases among employees, for a total of 18,145. About 5,455 of Pennsylvania’s total cases are in health care workers.

Lehigh County is larger than Northampton County, so it makes sense that county would have more cases of coronavirus. Lehigh County’s total number of cases went from 3,747 on Saturday to 3,765 on Sunday, an increase of 18 cases. Northampton County’s total went from 3,062 cases on Saturday to 3,083 on Sunday, an increase of 21 cases.

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