Statewide COVID-19 cases rise to 63

There are six cases in Philadelphia.

There are 63 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, up from 47 yesterday, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. 

One student at Temple has tested positive for the virus so far. 

What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus which was first discovered in Wuhan, China in December 2019. It causes respiratory illnesses. The disease has since spread to dozens of countries, and on March 11, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of coronavirus a pandemic.

There are six cases in Philadelphia, up from four yesterday, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Here is a list of all the other confirmed cases in Pennsylvania.

  • Allegheny County: 3 
  • Bucks County: 4
  • Chester County: 2
  • Cumberland County: 5
  • Delaware County: 7
  • Lehigh County: 1
  • Luzerne County: 1
  • Monroe County: 6
  • Montgomery County: 24
  • Northampton County: 1
  • Pike County: 1
  • Washington County: 1
  • Wayne County: 1

Approximately 450 people are currently under investigation for the virus in the state.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 include a high fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that symptoms can be mild or severe and appear 2-14 days after being exposed to the disease.
What to do if you are sick?
Stay home, avoid public areas and avoid public transportation if you feel sick. You should isolate yourself from people as much as possible and limit contact with pets and animals. You should call your doctor and schedule an apointment before visiting a doctor’s office, urgent care, etc. You or your doctor should alert a health department of your illness.
If you are sick, you should wear a facemask around other people. Cover your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands often for 20 seconds with soap and water.
What can you do prevent the spread of COVID-19?
The virus is mainly spread from person to person. This includes between people have been within six feet of each other or through respiratory droplets created when an infected person coughs or sneezes. To limit the spread, avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Wash your hands often with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 perecent alcohol. If you cough or sneeze, wash your hands immediately after.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Clean high-touch surfaces, like tabletops, doorknobs, toilets, keyboards and tablets. Use a household cleaner to disinfect the surfaces.

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