PHILADELPHIA - As coronavirus continues to impact the communities around the world, health officials are continuously updating the number of cases affecting the Delaware Valley.
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)
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania has risen to 75,592 with 5,943 reported fatalities.
Below is a breakdown of the cases by county:
– Adams County: 273, including 8 deaths
– Allegheny County: 2,003, including 168 deaths
– Armstrong County: 65, including 5 deaths
– Beaver County: 603, including 74 deaths
– Bedford County: 44, including 2 deaths
– Berks County: 4,201, including 333 deaths
– Blair County: 53, including 1 death
– Bradford County: 46, including 3 deaths
– Bucks County: 5,261, including 529 deaths
– Butler County: 247, including 12 deaths
– Cambria County: 59, including 2 deaths
– Cameron County: 2
– Carbon County: 249, including 24 deaths
– Centre County: 156, including 7 deaths
– Chester County: 3,053, including 297 deaths
– Clarion County: 27, including 2 deaths
– Clearfield County: 44
– Clinton County: 60, including 3 deaths
– Columbia County: 364, including 31 deaths
– Crawford County: 30
– Cumberland County: 669, including 57 deaths
– Dauphin County: 1,481, including 91 deaths
-- Delaware County: 6,688, including 597 deaths
– Elk County: 6
– Erie County: 367, including 5 deaths
– Fayette County: 95, including 4 deaths
– Forest County: 7
– Franklin County: 795, including 39 deaths
– Fulton County: 16, including 1 death
– Greene County: 27
– Huntingdon County: 236, including 4 deaths
– Indiana County: 92, including 5 deaths
– Jefferson County: 16
– Juniata County: 97, including 4 deaths
– Lackawanna County: 1,583, including 187 deaths
– Lancaster County: 3,461, including 318 deaths
– Lawrence County: 85, including 8 deaths
– Lebanon County: 1,062, including 37 deaths
– Lehigh County: 3,858, including 248 deaths
– Luzerne County: 2,793, including 157 deaths
– Lycoming County: 167, including 17 deaths
– Mckean County: 13, including 1 death
– Mercer County: 111, including 6 deaths
– Mifflin County: 59, including 1 death
– Monroe County: 1,338, including 102 deaths
– Montgomery County: 7,582, including 725 deaths
– Montour County: 53
– Northampton County: 3,151, including 232 deaths
– Northumberland County: 209, including 3 deaths
– Perry County: 68, including 3 deaths
– Philadelphia County: 23,281, including 1,394 deaths (statistics from City of Philadelphia)
– Pike County: 482, including 20 deaths
– Potter County: 11
– Schuylkill County: 656, including 39 deaths
– Snyder County: 55, including 1 death
– Somerset County: 39, including 1 death
– Sullivan County: 3
– Susquehanna County: 148, including 16 deaths
– Tioga County: 19, including 2 deaths
– Union County: 73, including 2 death
– Venango County: 15
– Warren County: 5
– Washington County: 147, including 6 deaths
– Wayne County: 126, including 9 deaths
– Westmoreland County: 459, including 38 deaths
– Wyoming County: 34, including 7 deaths
– York County: 1,082, including 29 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.
All 67 counties in Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs, will 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
The number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey has swelled to 164,164 with 12,176 deaths reported. Below is a breakdown of cases by county:
Below is a breakdown of positive COVID-19 cases by county:
– Hudson County: 18,565, including 1,218 deaths
– Bergen County: 18,512, including 1,618 deaths
– Essex County: 18,077, including 1,707 deaths
– Passaic County: 16,449, including 972 deaths
– Middlesex County: 16,198, including 1,040 deaths
– Union County: 16,186 including 1,098 deaths
– Ocean County: 9,022 including 774 deaths
– Monmouth County: 8,478, including 641 deaths
– Mercer County: 7,166, including 501 deaths
– Camden County: 6,799, including 369 deaths
– Morris County: 6,592, including 626 deaths
– Burlington County: 4,785, including, 327 deaths
– Somerset County: 4,662, including 426 deaths
– Cumberland County: 2,564, including 90 deaths
– Atlantic County: 2,364, including 167 deaths
– Gloucester County: 2,328, including 153 deaths
– Warren County: 1,189, including 132 deaths
– Sussex County: 1,140, including 149 deaths
– Hunterdon County: 1,023, including 64 deaths
– Salem County: 675, including 53 deaths
– Cape May County: 646, including 51 deaths
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.
Delaware Gov. John Carney (Office of Gov. John Carney)
Delaware health officials have reported 9,845 cases of coronavirus, with 390 virus-related deaths.
– New Castle County: 3,995
– Kent County: 1,496
– Sussex County: 4,342
– Unknown: 12
Delaware state officials announced on Tuesday new timelines and guidelines for reopening during the continued COVID-19 pandemic.
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.