PA Coronavirus cases top 16,000

Paige Dalto, Lead Copy Editor

As statewide cases continue to exponentially rise, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed that there are now 16,239 cases across all 67 counties.

The DoH offers a dashboard of hospital preparedness that includes the number of patients hospitalized, the amount of cases and deaths per county, and the statewide number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators. 

Pennsylvania Commonwealth microbiologist Kerry Pollard performs a manual extraction of the coronavirus inside the extraction lab at the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories on Friday, March 6, 2020. (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania/CC BY 2.0)

The number of statewide citizens hospitalized has reached 1,898, and as of 12 a.m. on April 8th, the DoH confirmed an additional 1,680 cases of the virus across PA.

In Dauphin county, there are currently 168 confirmed cases of the virus with two deaths. The DoH hospital statistics dashboard states that there are 11 ventilators in use for COVID-19 patients in Dauphin.  58 are in use for non-COVID-19 patients of a total of 139 ventilators available. Together nearly 50% of the available ventilators are currently in use.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine has drilled her mantra of “Stay calm, stay home and stay safe” into the minds of PA residents as the number of statewide cases continues to increase daily. Dr. Levine also included in her address that Pennsylvanians need to “limit it [going outside] to as few trips as possible and wear a mask to protect not only yourself, but other people as well.”

All Pennsylvania counties are to remain under the stay-at-home order until April 30th with the possibility of Governor Wolf extending the order. An extension depends on the number of statewide cases and deaths closer to the date.

For now, the DoH urges Pennsylvanians to continue to stay in their homes and wear masks at all times when in public.