Department of Health Provides
Update on COVID-19, 1,706 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 29,441
PA - The
Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April
17, that there are 1,706 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing
the statewide total to 29,441. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases
of COVID-19. The department also reported 49 new deaths among positive
cases, bringing the statewide total to 756. County-specific information and
a statewide map are available here. All people are
either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.
cases and deaths continue to rise in Pennsylvania, and even though the
daily increases are not exponential, now is not the time to become
complacent,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We must continue
to stay home to protect ourselves, our families, our
community. If you must go out, please make as few trips as possible
and wear a mask to protect not only yourself, but other people as well. We
need all Pennsylvanians to continue to heed these efforts to protect our
vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our health care workers and frontline
are 117,932 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;
- 6% are aged 19-24;
- Nearly 40% are aged 25-49;
- Nearly 29% are aged 50-64; and
- 23% are aged 65 or older.
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.
nursing and personal care homes, there are 3,716 resident cases of
COVID-19, and 420 cases among employees, for a total of 4,136 at 321 distinct
facilities in 35 counties. Out of our total deaths, 398 have occurred in
residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can
be found here.
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,
latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit
“Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.
Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to
reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20
seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not
- Clean surfaces frequently.
- Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially
if you are unwell.
- If you must go out for a life-sustaining reason,
please wear a mask.
Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases,
State Lab Photos, Graphics
Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA,
a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts
like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up
online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.
MEDIA CONTACT: Nate Wardle, Health, 717-787-1783 or email@example.com
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