The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 28, that there are 533 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 2,751 in 56 counties. The department also reported 12 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 34. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.
There are two confirmed cases in Potter County, one in McKean and one in Tioga counties.
James Nobles, on behalf of the Tioga County COVID-19 Task Force, said the first positive case in Tioga County does not change the task force's message or response.
"Please continue to observe the social distancing protocols and strict hygiene and handwashing procedures that have kept this virus at bay in our region for as long as we have," Nobles said. "There is no reason to panic, the COVID-19 Task Force is well prepared to deal with this and any other positive cases.
"Tioga County and the various agencies tasked with the handling our response to the virus are also well prepared and have been planning for many weeks on how to handle this and any other positive cases in our region," he continued. "Together as a community we will defeat this virus but it will take everything working together doing their part.
"Please take care of each other, be good citizens and good neighbors; extend some neighborly love to those in need; observe social distancing and above all else…wash your hands," Nobles concluded.
“Our notable increase in cases over the past week indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “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.”
There are 25,254 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 11% are aged 19-24;
- 39% are aged 25-49;
- Nearly 28% are aged 50-64; and
- 19% are aged 65 or older.
Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 25-49, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date. More data is available here.
All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide at least through April 6. Currently 19 counties are under stay-at-home orders.
Statewide – The Wolf Administration has announced since noon, March 27:
- Expanded stay-at-home order to nine additional counties, total is now 19.
- Gov. Wolf signed COVID-19 response legislation.
- Released business closure order enforcement data from Pennsylvania State Police.
For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.
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.