A wooden Uncle Sam figure lies near a Community Aid drop-off box. The container is overflowing with donations on April 1, 2020, because the items aren't being picked up during the coronavirus outbreak. The bin is located in the parking lot of the Swatara Church of God outside Harrisburg.
A month of coronavirus in Pa.: From 1 case to 11,500. How long until it peaks?
“We need everyone to listen to the orders in place and to stay calm, stay home and stay safe."
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Since then, more than 11,500 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and the death toll in the state now sits at 150 as of 12:01 a.m. April 5.
There have been 66,261 negative tests, according to the Pa. Department of Health. Of the positive tests, the age brackets break down as follows:
Nearly 1% are aged 0-4;
Nearly 1% are aged 5-12;
1% are aged 13-18;
Nearly 8% are aged 19-24;
42% are aged 25-49;
Nearly 29% are aged 50-64; and
Nearly 20% are aged 65 or older.
“The continued rise in cases combined with our increasing deaths from COVID-19 reflects the seriousness of this situation,” state Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a Sunday news release.
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The seats and aisles are empty as seen through the window of the closed Penndot Drivers License Center in Butler, Pa., Friday, April 3, 2020. Pennsylvania will stop paying about 9,000 state workers whose offices have been closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Friday. The pay freeze affects about 12% of the state workforce, though individual agencies were hit much harder, with the state departments of Transportation and Revenue halting pay to more than half their employees.
“We need everyone to listen to the orders in place and to stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We know that these prolonged mitigation effects have been difficult for everyone, but it is essential that everyone follows these orders and does not go out unless they absolutely must.”
Here’s a timeline of the major developments over the last month:
March 6: Wolf announced Pennsylvania’s first two presumptively positive cases, one in Delaware County and one in Wayne. At the time, a presumptive positive case was one where a person tested positive for COVID-19 at a state or local laboratory but that had yet to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Within two weeks it had changed how it labeled cases from “confirmed positive” and “presumed positive” to either “negative,” “pending” or “positive.”
March 19: Non-life sustaining businesses were forced to close, per an order from Wolf and Levine. The list would be updated in the days that followed, but besides factories and production plants almost everything but grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores and restaurants offering to-go or delivery orders were forced to shutter.
March 25: Pa. announced updated confirmed coronavirus case totals, and for the first time, the number topped 1,000.
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