Impact of COVID-19 in the Delaware Valley so far

As coronavirus continues to impact the communities around the world, health officials are continuously updating the number of cases affecting the Delaware Valley.

While New Jersey has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, federal health officials have said they believe Philadelphia could become the next hot spot.

Here is where the Delaware Valley stands regarding active investigations and confirmed cases of COVID-19:

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (Office of Gov. Tom Wolf)

PENNSYLVANIA

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania has risen to 70,042 with 5,373 reported fatalities.

Below is a breakdown of the cases by county:

CASES

– Adams County: 240, including 7 deaths

– Allegheny County: 1,851, including 161 deaths

– Armstrong County: 62, including 4 deaths

– Beaver County: 579, including 72 deaths

– Bedford County: 38, including 2 deaths

– Berks County: 3,973, including 308 deaths

– Blair County: 49, including 1 death

– Bradford County: 46, including 3 deaths

– Bucks County: 4,966, including 486 deaths

– Butler County: 226, including 12 deaths

– Cambria County: 57, including 2 deaths

– Cameron County: 2

– Carbon County: 232, including 22 deaths

– Centre County: 150, including 6 deaths

Chester County: 2,555, including 270 deaths

– Clarion County: 25; including 2 deaths

– Clearfield County: 37

– Clinton County: 55; including 2 death

– Columbia County: 346, including 31 deaths

– Crawford County: 23

Cumberland County: 618, including 47 deaths

– Dauphin County: 1,212, including 71 deaths

-- Delaware County: 6,337, including 544 deaths

– Elk County: 6

– Erie County: 242, including 4 deaths

– Fayette County: 95, including 4 deaths

– Forest County: 7

– Franklin County: 759, including 31 deaths

– Fulton County: 15, including 1 death

– Greene County: 27

– Huntingdon County: 228, including 2 death

– Indiana County: 90, including 5 deaths

– Jefferson County: 7

– Juniata County: 95, including 4 deaths

– Lackawanna County: 1,516, including 163 deaths

– Lancaster County: 3,056, including 286 deaths

– Lawrence County: 74, including 8 deaths

– Lebanon County: 944, including 33 deaths

Lehigh County: 3,719, including 218 deaths

– Luzerne County: 2,689, including 139 deaths

– Lycoming County: 162, including 16 deaths

– Mckean County: 12, including 1 death

– Mercer County: 106, including 4 deaths

– Mifflin County: 58, including 1 death

– Monroe County: 1,311, including 101 deaths

– Montgomery County: 6,811, including 656 deaths

– Montour County: 50

Northampton County: 3,022, including 206 deaths

– Northumberland County: 186, including 3 deaths

– Perry County: 54, including 2 death

– Philadelphia County: 21,738, including 1,235 deaths (statistics from City of Philadelphia)

– Pike County: 476, including 18 deaths

– Potter County: 4

– Schuylkill County: 606, including 31 deaths

– Snyder County: 39, including 1 death

– Somerset County: 37

– Sullivan County: 2

– Susquehanna County: 99, including 15 deaths

– Tioga County: 16, including 2 deaths

– Union County: 56, including 1 death

– Venango County: 8

– Warren County: 3

– Washington County: 139, including 5 deaths

– Wayne County: 118, including 7 deaths

– Westmoreland County: 443, including 38 deaths

– Wyoming County: 34, including 7 deaths

– York County: 970, including 25 deaths

WHAT WE KNOW

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.

The Centers for Disease Control has tripled the number of symptoms that could be indicators of coronavirus, including muscle pain, headache and new loss of taste or smell.

New symptoms include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.


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REOPENING PENNSYLVANIA

All 67 counties in Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs, are anticipated to move into the yellow phase of the state's reopening plan by June 5, according to Governor Tom Wolf. 

The governor announced he is moving Philadelphia, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton and Montgomery counties to “yellow” on June 5.

Eight counties are moving to yellow a week earlier, on May 29: Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill.

Wolf also announced the first batch of counties moving to “green,” the least restrictive phase of his reopening plan: Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren. All of them are lightly populated counties across a northern swath of the state.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has extended state school closures for the remainder of the academic year.

The school shutdown order affects more than 1.7 million school children, in public and private K-12 schools.

The city also continues to operate more than 80 student meal sites

PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia officials have issued a stay-at-home order and banned public gatherings in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Anyone with questions about COVID-19 can call the city's free 24/7 helpline at 1-800-722-7112.

Residents can also text the keyword COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates through ReadyPhiladelphia, the city's mass communication system.

FREE FOOD ACCESSIBILITY 

Philadelphia residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak have access to free food boxes through community food sites.

"Providing this service to Philadelphians is critical at a time when many so many people find themselves in a difficult situation," Deputy Mayor Cynthia Figueroa said.

Residents can pick up a box of food on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at sites throughout the city. One box is limited per household. Residents do not need to present an ID or proof of income for eligibility.


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STATE TAX RELIEF

The Wolf administration said it’s easing up on tax enforcement during the pandemic.

The Department of Revenue said it will pause payments on existing payment plans on request; offer flexible terms for new payment plans; suspend or reduce automatic enforcement of liens, wage garnishments and use of private collection agencies; and take other steps to offer relief to individual and business taxpayers.

The measures will last through at least July 15, the agency said Wednesday.

The Department of Revenue previously extended the deadline for taxpayers to file their 2019 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns from April 15 to July 15.

Gov. Tom Wolf says Pennsylvania will gradually reopen its economy using a "regional, sector-based approach" and a modeling tool that will help public officials decide when it's safe, according to a plan outlined Friday.


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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli provide an update on the state's response to the deadly coronavirus. (Edwin J. Torres/Governor’s Office)

NEW JERSEY

The number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey has swelled to 157,815 with 11,401 deaths reported. Below is a breakdown of cases by county:

– Hudson County: 18,226, including 1,161 deaths

– Bergen County: 18,158, including 1,553 deaths

– Essex County: 17,450, including 1,628 deaths

– Passaic County: 15,959, including 903 deaths

– Middlesex County: 15,633, including 968 deaths

– Union County: 15,457 including 1,047 deaths

– Ocean County: 8,577 including 711 deaths

– Monmouth County: 8,012, including 578 deaths

– Mercer County: 6,670, including 462 deaths

– Morris County: 6,354, including 605 deaths

Camden County: 6,292, including 318 deaths

– Somerset County: 4,522, including 410 deaths

Burlington County: 4,476, including, 277 deaths

Gloucester County: 2,165, including 143 deaths

Cumberland County: 2,146, including 65 deaths

Atlantic County: 2,120, including 156 deaths

– Warren County: 1,146, including 129 deaths

– Sussex County: 1,104, including 147 deaths

– Hunterdon County: 974, including 58 deaths

– Cape May County: 602, including 48 deaths

– Salem County: 592, including 34 deaths

Gov. Phil Murphy said that the state has now lost nearly more people than the number of residents killed during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

“Just as we have committed to never forgetting those lost on 9/11, we must commit to never forgetting those we are losing to this,” Murphy said, pausing for a moment of silence.

THE ROAD BACK PLAN

1. Following trends of sustained reductions in new COVID-19 cases over at least a 14-day time period.
2. Expanding diagnostic testing capacity for COVID-19 and speeding up the return of test results.
3. Implement robust contact tracing measures in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
4. Ensuring safe spaces for those diagnosed with COVID-19 can isolate safely without risking sickening others. 
5. Restore our economy but with preventative measures in place as COVID-19 cases are likely no matter how structured a reopening.
6. Ensuring our resiliency, which involves creating a task force that will protect all community members in the state. 

As the number of cases rise in the Garden State, so has the number of jobless claims. New Jersey’s jobless claims jumped 32% last week to about 206,000, which breaks a record set the week before.


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Delaware Gov. John Carney (Office of Gov. John Carney)

DELAWARE

Delaware health officials have reported 9,171 cases of coronavirus, with 345 virus-related deaths.

CASES:

– New Castle County: 3,575

– Kent County: 1,392

– Sussex County:  4,151

– Unknown:  53

Delaware state officials announced on Tuesday new timelines and guidelines for reopening during the continued COVID-19 pandemic. 

RELATED: Delaware to lift stay-at-home order, out-of-state quarantine effective June 1

Gov. John Carney announced that Delaware will lift the ban on short-term rental units and the mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers on June 1. He also announced that outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people will be permitted in Delaware beginning on June 1.

Basic public health precautions will be in place to protect against spread of COVID-19 and must be followed in accordance with Governor Carney’s State of Emergency declaration. 

Individuals must continue to wear face masks and maintain social distance of at least six feet from anyone outside of their household. 

Gatherings over 250 people will remain banned during Phase 1; however, organizers of planned outdoor large gatherings and events may apply to host a large gathering or event.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.