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President Trump and congress agreed on a $2 trillion economic stimulus plan that gives workers $1,200 and additional protections. Do you believe that is enough to kickstart local and national economies?
Posted 5 p.m.
Lawmakers voted Wednesday to delay Pennsylvania's primary election by five weeks to June 2, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 cases, the Associated Press reported.
Posted 3:55 p.m.
So far, about 10% of Pennsylvania residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization, state Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said Wednesday.
Specifically, she said, more than 120 have been hospitalized, of which about 38 have required treatment in an intensive care unit, and about 18 have needed ventilators or breathing machines.
Statewide, she said, there are about 3,400 intensive care unit beds and – including the state’s supply – about 3,000 ventilators, of which approximately 40% and 75% are still available, respectively.
Levine said statewide and individual social distancing efforts are critical “to prevent a large surge of patients over the next month that could in theory overwhelm our health care system.”
Posted 1:50 p.m.
It's now taking WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital seven to 10 days to get COVID-19 testing results from the commercial lab that has been its primary testing partner, according to spokeswoman Cindy Stauffer.
She said in an email that WellSpan has been testing patients across its communities for two weeks now and originally expected results within three to four days, but the partner "has experienced reporting delays due to a significant increase in test volumes from across the country."
WellSpan is working with the lab to resolve the issues and "looking for alternative sources of testing as they become available," she wrote.
Posted 12:13 p.m.
Update: The county-by-county case count on the department of health's website updated.
Pennsylvania is up to 1,127 positive cases of the coronavirus, reports the state department of health.
This is up from yesterday's 851 by a total of 276.
To date, there have been 11 reported deaths from the coronavirus in Pennsylvania.
#COVID19 Update: Today (3/25/20 at 12:00 am), there are 276 additional positive cases of COVID-19 reported, bringing the statewide total to 1,127. There are 11 total deaths in PA.Latest info: https://t.co/7pzosEXhEX— PA Department of Health (@PAHealthDept) March 25, 2020
Three deaths were reported in Northampton County, two each in Lackawanna and Allegheny counties, and one each in Monroe, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
The department of health's website lists one additional death, but does not attribute it to a county.
Lancaster County now has 12 cases of the coronavirus.
In Pennsylvania, there have been 11,193 tests that have come back negative for the coronavirus.
Posted 12:06 p.m.
Rep. Justin Simmons announced that Gov. Tom Wolf plans to enact a "stay-at-home" order for Lehigh and Northampton counties.
Just got word that Governor Wolf will be issuing a stay at home order for Lehigh County and Northampton County. It will begin at 8 P.M. tonight.This means the entire 131st District is now under stay at home order. I will keep you posted as I know more.— Rep. Justin Simmons (@RepSimmons) March 25, 2020
With this announcement, there would be 10 counties in the state under a "stay-at-home" order. Lancaster County is not one of them.
Posted 10:35 a.m.
As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health had done swabs of 652 people at its outdoor site for COVID-19 testing, a spokesperson said.
The site, at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, is for people whose doctors have ordered a test, not for the general public.
Posted 7:03 a.m.
Pennsylvania is up to 851 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the Pa. Department of Health.
Lancaster County has 10 confirmed cases.
There have been seven coronavirus-related deaths in the state. Two in Allegheny and Northampton counties, one in Lackawanna, Monroe and Montgomery counties.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 8,643 patients tested for COVID-19 showed negative results.
Case numbers will be updated around noon.
What to know for today
- Congress and Trump come to an agreement on a stimulus bill worth $2 trillion. It's reportedly the "largest economic rescue measure in history," reports the AP.
- Tait is changing its tune (for now). The company is considering producing hospital gowns and ventilator parts amid concert and live-event cancellations.
- A Lancaster man with stage IV cancer has to postpone removal of a cancerous spot on his adrenal gland, as it's considered an elective surgery. For now, all elective surgeries across the state are being postponed.
- Local gun stores have every intention of remaining open and offering curbside sales. The state recently amended its list of life-sustaining businesses to allow firearms dealers to continue to operate.
- Lancaster County schools are considering online learning, despite the risks for underrepresented students. Districts are trying to figure out how to help those lacking internet access, those with disabilities and those who have learned English as a second language.