Pennsylvania Department of Health COVID-19 news conference for April 13, 2020



The state Department of Health today reported 1,245 new COVID-19 cases, 100 more than yesterday.

Rachel Levine said today that the state has "been able to bend the curve" of new COVID-19 cases, but cautioned that it is too early to start considering lifting the social distancing measures that appear to be helping to slow the virus.

The reporting delay is attributed to the system employed by the state's health department, which requires the state to sign off on all COVID-19 related deaths as part of a central system that excludes county coroners, Bacha said. Now the entire state is under a stay-at-home order.

Of the 925 cases, 162 people have been hospitalized at some point in recent weeks. As of Tuesday, Levine said a total of 666 coronavirus patients had required the use of ventilators to mechanically breathe for them.

That compares to 11 new cases reported Wednesday, 17 new cases reported Tuesday, 19 reported Monday and 21 new cases reported Sunday.

Statewide, 141,470 coronavirus tests have been performed, with 113,735 people testing negative, according to the state health department.

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All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide indefinitely. About 68 percent, or 144 patients, are no longer in isolation. Wednesday saw just three new cases. In Northampton County, the number of cases increased to 1,176, with the addition of 46 new cases.

The state does not track, at least publicly, the total number of tests at the county level. Northampton County has 415 cases per capita. While the Health Department listed only two new deaths here, both in Lehigh County, its information has lagged behind that of the counties. It's an increase of 29 cases and six deaths. On Wednesday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said there were 64 new coronavirus cases in Jefferson County, bringing the total to almost 690 cases.

"That's been pretty steady, which indicates to me that there's no rapid spread of the virus in the community", Brink said. "Of course, people have to go back and forth". Residents are also urged to call their health care provider before visiting.

About half of the state's coronavirus deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and personal care homes.

"It's a very vulnerable population", she added.

People aged 25-49 represent the largest portion of Pennsylvanians with COVID-19, accounting for about 41% of all cases.

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