What to know
- On Friday, Pennsylvania announced 2,219 coronavirus cases. The daily count is the highest since the onset of the epidemic.
- Philadelphia declared about 400 cases of its own.
- Health officials are urging people to continue using masks, social disturbances and hand washing to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.
Pennsylvania saw its highest number of new doronovirus cases reported on Friday. With increasing cases throughout the Philadelphia area, the city’s top health officials are giving a warning.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported that 2,219 additional people tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total from the onset of the epidemic to about 191,000. The total was from all test results obtained as of midnight.
Officials said the case growth is now comparable to what Keystone State saw during the first peak of the epidemic. The last single day was in April.
The Health Department has seen a “significant increase” in the number of young people – especially among 19- to 24-year-olds – testing positive for the virus. The southeastern part of the state encompassing the Philadelphia suburbs has the most daily cases.
Pennsylvania reported 33 new coronovirus-related deaths on Friday, bringing the state’s total to at least 8,625 deaths since Pennsylvania’s inception.
The one-day case record in Pennsylvania coincides with the nationwide record as NBC News set the US one-day record for new coronovirus cases on Thursday with 77,640 reported infections.
Village. The Tom Wolf administration is required to wear masks in public and to keep people away socially and as often as possible in an effort to spread the virus in order to wash their hands frequently and clean surfaces.
Philadelphia counts coronovirus cases separately from the state; On Friday, health officials announced 397 new cases. The city attributed the increase to a large portion of the test results obtained on Friday.
Philadelphia reported a new death on Friday, bringing its total number of deaths to coronovirus-related complications to 1,858 people.
“Today’s number is a clear warning that the epidemic in our region is growing rapidly,” Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said. “Everyone in Philadelphia should be even more vigilant – whenever you should be around someone other than members of your household, avoid unnecessary contact with others and wear a mask.”