HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 1,323 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, May 8, bringing the statewide total of positive cases to 54,238.

The department is also reporting 3,616 total dead in Pennsylvania due to COVID-19.

The Department of Health sent a press release to the media which includes the following information:

“As we prepare to move a number of counties from red to yellow, we need all Pennsylvanians to continue to follow the social distancing and mitigation efforts in place,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We must continue to protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, which includes our seniors, those with underlying health issues, our healthcare workers and our first responders. I am proud of the work that Pennsylvanians have done so far, but we cannot stop now, we must continue to take the necessary steps to protect ourselves from COVID-19.”

There are 216,321 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

  • Nearly 1% are aged 0-4;
  • Nearly 1% are aged 5-12;
  • 1% are aged 13-18;
  • Nearly 6% are aged 19-24; 
  • 37% are aged 25-49; 
  • 26% are aged 50-64; and
  • Nearly 28% 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. More data is available here.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 10,919 resident cases of COVID-19, and 1,542 cases among employees, for a total of 12,461 at 522 distinct facilities in44counties. Out of our total deaths, 2,458 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 3,553 of our total cases are in health care workers.

All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide through the remainder of the academic year. Currently the entire state is under a stay-at-home order.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, May 7:

For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.

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