HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed four additional presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 Saturday morning: two adults from Montgomery County and one adult each from Philadelphia and Chester counties, and two new cases in Allegheny County.
All are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. This brings the statewide total to 47 cases; 41 of the cases are presumptive positive and six cases, one in Delaware County, one in Wayne County and four in Montgomery County have been confirmed by the CDC.
“While we anticipate that there will be more Pennsylvanians with COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks, it is important for residents to know the commonwealth is prepared and to be prepared themselves,” Dr. Levine said. “Right now, you have a higher chance of testing positive for COVID-19 if you have traveled to a country or state with known community outbreaks or have come in contact with someone who has the virus. We are working with the health care community across Pennsylvania to keep them informed, consult on patient testing and ensuring they have the resources they need to care for patients.”
Governor Tom Wolf was joined by several officials Friday evening when he addressed the current status of coronavirus in the state, which has risen to 41. The news conference came at the heels of Wolf announcing the closure of all Pennsylvania schools, kindergarten to grade 12.
Since Friday afternoon, eight new cases have surfaced:
- 2 adults and 1 child in Cumberland County
- 2 adults in Delaware County
- 1 adult each in Montgomery, Bucks, and Washington counties
The state cannot provide details of where cases are in each respective county due to the HIPAA law.
“We’re trying to be measured in response to this health crisis,” Wolf said. “The goal is always to keep Pennsylvanians safe.”
Delaware County joins Montgomery County in stricter restrictions as it now has six cases.
Pennsylvania’s economy has seen a noticeable dip due to fears of the virus spreading.
Gene Barr, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, addressed those concerns while providing short-term solutions to help keep local businesses afloat.
“Businesses are hurting and they will continue to hurt,” Barr said. “It’s going to be a difficult time.”
He urges people to buy gift cards and help support businesses amid the pandemic. Barr also urges those in the commonwealth to still visit businesses you regularly would go.
“Go patronize the businesses that you’ve always done,” he said.
Barr concluded by asking those who are preparing in advance, to do so with modesty and only purchasing appropriate quantities for their family and safety.