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Pennsylvania COVID-19 cases rise to 76; Philadelphia reports 10 cases – - 29 News Philadelphia

Pennsylvania COVID-19 cases rise to 76; Philadelphia reports 10 cases – - 29 News Philadelphia

Published 11 hours ago Updated 55 mins ago Philadelphia Mayor orders shutdown of all non-essential businesses Philadelphia shuts down all non-essential business tonight following concerns of COVID-19. FOX 29’s Jeff Cole reports. PHILADELPHIA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Monday confirmed 13 additional positive cases of the coronavirus, bringing the state’s official total to 76. FULL COVERAGE: CORONAVIRUS Gov. Tom Wolf on Sunday ordered all restaurants and bars to close their dine-in facilities starting Monday in five heavily populated counties, including Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh, and the four counties ringing Philadelphia. Governor Wolf orders statewide shutdown of all non-essential business amid COVID-19 concerns PA Governor Wolf orders a statewide shutdown to all non-essential businesses after COVID-19 concerns rise in-stateThe order, issued late Sunday night, followed Pittsburgh’s announcement of a ban on public gatherings of 50 people or more, tightening an earlier restriction Sunday to bring it in line with new guidelines from federal health officials. This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round magenta objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML)A look at the latest developments in Pennsylvania: CASES:There are currently 76 COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania, including:– Allegheny County: 5– Bucks County: 5– Chester County: 2– Cumberland County: 5– Delaware County: 7– Lehigh County: 1– Luzerne County: 1– Monroe County: 8– Montgomery County: 30– Northampton County: 1– Philadelphia County: 9– Pike County: 1– Washington County: 1– Wayne County: 1 Gov. Tom Wolf provides update on COVID-19 outbreak in Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf addresses the media as COVID-19 cases rise across the state of Pennsylvania.WHAT WE KNOWMost of the state’s 76 cases of positive tests are in eastern Pennsylvania. Hardest hit is Montgomery County, with at least 30 cases.On Monday, health officials announced Pennsylvania’s first pediatric case. A 2-year-old girl who resides in New Hanover tested positive. The child lives with someone who had direct contact with a person who tested positive. Contact tracing has been completed.The confirmed cases largely have been traced back to contact with the new coronavirus in another state or country. Most people are at home in isolation, officials say; a few are hospitalized.For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.The vast majority of people recover.RELATED COVERAGE:How COVID-19 has impacted Delaware Valley so farInteractive map tracks spread of COVID-19 globallyRestaurants, bars closed in 5 Pa. counties due to COVID-19WHO: Type of cough may differentiate coronavirus from coldHEALTH CARE PROVIDERSThe case at St. Christopher’s follows reports in recent days that a Lehigh Valley Health Network staffer and a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia cardiologist had met with patients before testing positive.St. Christopher’s intensive care unit staff will wear protective equipment, including gowns, gloves, eye protection and masks when they are treating patients. The unit’s staff will wear surgical masks when they are outside of patient rooms, the hospital said.Meanwhile, hospital systems are increasingly restricting hospital visits and opening local testing sites.SCHOOL CLOSURESAll schools in Pennsylvania will be closed for two weeks, Wolf said Friday as the state takes sweeping measures aimed at slowing the spread of the new coronavirus. The school shutdown order affecting more than 1.7 million school children, in public and private K-12 schools, came as confirmed cases in the state leaped to 41 from 22, including the first patients under 18 and the first west of the Susquehanna River.Philadelphia Mayor Jim Keney (Samantha Madera/City of Philadelphia)PHILADELPHIAPhiladelphia officials ordered all non-essential businesses to shut down by 5 p.m. Monday in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.The city currently has 9 positive cases of COVID-19, according to health officials.Three University of Penn undergraduate students have tested positive for COVID-19, according to school officials. Two students are home, away from campus. Another student is quarantined and being cared for in an undisclosed campus location following public health protocols.The city is using a special system to share important information about COVID-19 through free text alerts. You can text the keyword COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive info and updates through ReadyPhiladelphia, the city’s mass communication system.The Philadelphia Department of Public Health on Saturday announced the activation of the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline at 1-800-722-7112. The 24/7 helpline is a free resource to anyone in the Greater Philadelphia area who has questions about COVID-19.MEAL SERVICEPhiladelphia officials on Saturday announced plans to provide meal service and drop-in activity space for students over the next two weeks.For more information, including available pick-up sites, see here.Shelves in Montgomery County are empty as customers stock up on cleaning supplies.SHUTDOWNSWolf, in a new front to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in Pennsylvania, ordered all restaurants and bars to close their dine-in facilities starting Monday in five heavily populated counties, including Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh, and the four counties ringing Philadelphia.The order followed Pittsburgh’s announcement of a ban on public gatherings of 50 people or more, tightening an earlier restriction Sunday to bring it in line with new guidelines from federal health officials.Wolf on Friday ordered the closure of all schools statewide and a no-visitor policy at all state prisons and licensed nursing homes statewide.He also ordered staff in the Capitol complex in Harrisburg to work from home, if they are able.TURNPIKE TOLLSThe Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said that cash and credit cards will not be accepted at any interchange statewide beginning Monday at 8 p.m. The measure is designed to keep travelers safe, so that they don’t need to stop at tollbooths or interact with tolling personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic, the commission said.All tolls will be assessed electronically via E-ZPass or the PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE program as vehicles travel at posted speed limits through tolling points. Travelers are being asked to still slow down and pay attention when going through interchanges.RELATED COVERAGE:Restrictions in effect for Delaware County as COVID-19 cases rise to 6How to spot the difference between the flu and coronavirusCDC’s ‘flatten the curve’ graphic shows why social distancing is necessaryWHO: Type of cough may differentiate coronavirus from coldTHE COURTSThe Pennsylvania Supreme Court is giving the chief judges in each county authority to close down court facilities and suspend time limits that normally apply to court proceedings. The high court acted Monday and provided the emergency powers through April 14. The order, however, doesn’t affect criminal defendants’ right to speedy trials.THE LEGISLATUREMembers of the Pennsylvania House are coming to Harrisburg for a Monday afternoon voting session, but Democratic leaders say it is unneeded and puts health at risk.Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, said in a email to fellow lawmakers Sunday night that Republican leaders insist on swearing in a newly elected member and voting for COVID-19 legislation that the Wolf administration has said it does not need.Among the possible topics for debate are House rules changes to allow the chamber to conduct business remotely. Dermody said Democrats “have significant concerns” with the Republican-drafted proposals.House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, told members that Wolf has requested legislation to be moved, although Wolf said Friday there was nothing his agencies needed.Tuesday and Wednesday voting sessions were possible in the state Senate to address funding, schools and employment issues related to the virus, a Senate GOP spokeswoman said.Meanwhile, three elections to fill vacancies in the House were expected to go forward as scheduled Tuesday.House Republican leaders on Sunday said they based their decision not to postpone the elections in part on the fact that absentee balloting is already underway.All three seats are open because the previous occupants, all Republicans, were elected to other positions last fall. The seats are based in Mercer County, Bucks County and Westmoreland County.  What is coronavirus? From how it spreads to where it originated, here’s a look at everything you need to know about the deadly contagion.___For the latest local news, sports and weather, download the FOX 29 News app.DOWNLOAD: FOX 29 NEWS APP___The Biorports contributed to this report.

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