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Virus Cases in Pa, NJ Rising Fast; Wolf Orders Longer Lockdowns

Updated as of 6:30 p.m. Monday: At least 4,115 people have been infected with COVID-19 throughout Pennsylvania, at least 16,642 in New Jersey and 264 in Delaware

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What to Know

  • Pennsylvania and county health officials said that the state now has 53 deaths and more than 4,100 COVID-19 cases
  • At least eight people have died of the novel coronavirus in Philadelphia as the number of infections climbed to at least 1,072 Monday
  • Pennsylvania's schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed "indefinitely," and the stricter stay-at-home order in place for most of the state will remain in place at least until April 30

The kids are staying home longer. You're not going to be eating in a local restaurant anytime soon. And people who work in businesses that aren't deemed essential to support life will not be headed to work any time soon.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday the state's schools and businesses will remain closed "indefinitely" as the state works to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

"Our business and school closures will no longer have a set date to resume normal operations," he said in a statement.

In addition to those closures, there is a stricter stay-at-home order in place for many counties, including those surrounding Philadelphia. Monday, Wolf said that would remain until April 30 and added Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties to that order, which means Pennsylvania now has 26 counties under a stay-at-home order.

Also Monday, the number of cases in Pennsylvania passed 4,100. Fifty-three people have died, state and county officials said.

Philadelphia said Monday at least 1,072 people have tested positive for the new coronavirus and nine have died. Montgomery County reported its sixth death Monday, and Bucks County reported two additional deaths, bringing its total to three.

In addition, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said the state had been more than 3,300 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 37 more deaths. New Jersey has at least 16,642 diagnosed cases and 198 deaths.

Delaware has not been spared, either. Officials there have reported seven deaths as confirmed cases reached at least 264. Gov. John Carney also ordered Sunday that out-of-state travelers entering Delaware must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.

The new numbers indicate that the virus shows no signs of abating, despite drastic measures taken to slow the spread.

Many of Philadelphia's coronavirus cases are likely not in the state count because Philadelphia is among the locations that release numbers before the state does.

Here are all the cases in our area in which people have tested positive for the new coronavirus, based on state and county health department data.

State and county tallies may differ, because some locations release numbers before the state does; in those cases, we use the county data. This list will stay updated.

We also have a map and numbered list at the very bottom of this article.


Philadelphia

On Monday, city health officials said 1,072 people had tested positive for the coronavirus.

A ninth person has died of the disease: a woman in her 80s with underlying medical conditions.

Among the people infected are at least 74 health care workers, one Department of Corrections employee and one inmate of a city jail, though officials would not say which jail.

Five of the city's nine deaths have happened among patients at nursing homes, city Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said.

And, he said, the virus has been reported in every Philadelphia zip code. "It's entirely clear that this virus is everywhere in the city," Farley said Monday.

The region now has at least 20 testing sites for coronavirus, including the large drive-thru site in South Philadelphia. However, people must meet strict criteria to be tested.

Doctors must send you to testing at most sites. The Citizens Bank Park site is only for people with symptoms who are health care workers or are over age 50. The site is turning away people who do not meet the criteria.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jim Kenney issued a stay-at-home order for the entire city on March 22, his most dramatic effort yet to to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The order went into effect March 23 at 8 a.m.

Kenney and other members of the U.S. Council of Mayors have signed a letter to the federal government asking that $250 billion in federal aid be sent directly to cities, not to states.

"I think it's clear that the federal response has been deficient, with mixed messages and very slow actions," Kenney said.

Montgomery County, PA

Mongtomery County reported its sixth death from the new coronavirus Monday: that of an 82-year-old woman from Springfield Township who died while hospitalized.

The first person who died was a 72-year-old man from Abington Township. The man, who had been hospitalized for several days, died on March 21. The second coronavirus-related death in Montgomery County was announced on March 25: a 84-year-old Abington Township man with underlying health issues.

And the third was announced March 26: a 62-year-old man from Whitemarsh Township. The fourth was announced March 27 and was a 95-year-old Cheltenham man. The fifth death was announced Saturday: that of a 61-year-old woman from Norristown.

There are now 506 people who have tested positive for coronavirus in the county.

Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, said the county has moved to a "community spread model" when investigating new COVID-19 cases and will no longer report contact tracing or presumed route of exposure. This means health officials in the county are now assuming that any new COVID-19 case was exposed to it within Montgomery County.

A new testing site opened March 21 at Temple University's Ambler campus in Upper Dublin Township. Testing is for people who had known or suspected direct contact to a person with COVID-19, anyone with a recommendation from a doctor or healthcare provider and anyone experiencing a loss of taste, loss of smell and stomach issues.

A coronavirus testing site at Temple University's Ambler campus in Montgomery County expanded its criteria to include people dealing with stomach issues or a loss of smell and taste. It comes after doctors revealed new symptoms associated with COVID-19. NBC10's Aaron Baskerville has the details.

You can find more details on the Montgomery County testing site, including how to register, here.

A testing site in Montgomery County, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, opened Saturday. There are strict criteria for who should be tested, and people who want to go there must register first.

Among the early cases diagnosed in the county is that of a 35-year-old police officer at the Lower Providence Police Department who lives in Perkiomen Township. Also among Montgomery County's cases are a cardiologist working at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's King of Prussia Specialty Care site who saw multiple patients during the week of March 1 after overseas travel, CHOP said.

Delaware County, PA

Five deaths and at least 300 cases of the new coronavirus have been reported in Delaware County as of Monday. The latest death was a 65-year-old Springfield Township man, officials said.

Also among those who died: a 70-year-old woman from Ridley Township and that of a 63-year-old man from Middletown Township. Previously, an 85-year-old man and 86-year-old woman had died of the disease; both had been hospitalized at the time of their death.

Chester County's health department is helping Delaware County, which has no health department, respond to the outbreak.

Residents or organizations who want to donate protective and medical supplies and equipment to the county can call 1-800-253-3102 or email eoc@delcodes.org.

Chester County, PA

At least 146 people were reported as infected in Chester County, which reported its first death on Monday. The 89-year-old man who died lived in Willistown Township and had a number of underlying medical conditions.

The county’s health department is reassuring residents that helping neighboring Delaware County will not affect service to Chester County residents.

"I do want to reassure all Chester County residents that this move will not in any way diminish the excellent services that our health department provides to us all," said Marian Moskowitz, chair of the Chester County Commissioners. "After all, we are all in this together."

Bucks County, PA

At least 246 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Bucks County, and three people have died.

One of the victims was a woman in her 90s withsevere and longstanding pulmonary issues. Another, a man in his 80s, also had chronic underlying conditions. Both died in hospital intensive care units.

On Saturday, a man in his 60s with underlying health conditions died of the virus.

“We’ve known, from the experiences elsewhere in the commonwealth, the country and in other countries that once you have community spread of coronavirus, some of our most vulnerable people may die from this disease,” said Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department. “This is what we are seeking to limit through our social distancing measures.”

He noted, however, that most Bucks County cases had resulted in only moderate symptoms.

Berks County, PA

There were at least 82 cases in Berks County as of Monday.

Lehigh County, PA

There are now three deaths and 231 cases in Lehigh County.

Officials said one diagnosed patient is a "colleague" at Lehigh Valley Hospital's 17th Street location. The person is out of the hospital and self-quarantining at home.

The person has not been at LVH-17th Street since March 9.

Northampton County, PA

As of Monday, at least 184 people had tested positive in Northampton County, and there have been five deaths in the county.

New Castle County, DE

New Castle County reported 156 infections and three deaths, the most recent of which was announced Sunday. The 79-year-old woman was not hospitalized and had underlying health conditions. Officials said she was exposed while traveling to another state with COVID-19 cases.

Another death was reported the day before: that of a 76-year-old man who was not hospitalized but did have underlying medical conditions.

An 86-year-old man who lived in the Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residency in Newark was the first person to die a Delaware long-term care facility. The man also had underlying medical conditions.

In addition, six residents of the nursing home tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Delaware also announced Sunday that a Wilmington Police officer tested positive for COVID-19. The officer, who has not been at police headquarters since March 15 and is at home in self-isolation, is the third city employee to test positive.

A cluster of cases are also connected to the University of Delaware, where a professor became Delaware's first confirmed case of coronavirus.

Starting Saturday night, Delaware beaches are off limits until May 15 -- except to walk dogs where that is permitted. Delaware Gov. John Carney says he may order further restrictions on businesses.

Kent County, DE

Kent County had at least 27 confirmed COVID-19 infections as of Monday. Two people have died in the county: a 74-year-old man and a 77-year-old man. Both had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

Sussex County, DE

Sussex County had at least 81 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Monday. And the county has seen its second death, a 92-year-old woman who had significant underlying health conditions, state health officials said.

A 66-year-old Sussex County man earlier died while hospitalized out of state.

The man had underlying health conditions, state Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said. Health officials aren't certain how he was infected.

Camden County, NJ

At least 202 cases of the new coronavirus have been reported in Camden County, which has announced three COVID-19 deaths.

Burlington County, NJ

At least five people have died and 167 have been infected in Burlington County, including diagnoses at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. 

Gloucester County, NJ

New Jersey health officials reported at least one death and 89 positive cases in Gloucester County.

The state is working to reopen the shuttered Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, New Jersey. The facility, which could open in a month or less, would add 300 acute care beds to the state's total.

Cape May County, NJ

Cape May County has reported nine cases of the new coronavirus.

The first person to test positive in the southernmost county in New Jersey was a 30-year-old man visiting from New York City, Cape May County health officials said.

Local officials used the first test as "a vivid reminder" for out-of-state visitors to stay home.

Atlantic County, NJ

At least 29 people in Atlantic County have been infected with coronavirus, state health officials reported. 

The county also notified the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City that one of its table games employees tested positive, according to the Borgata's CEO in a letter to his employees Friday.

Ocean County, NJ

Ocean County currently has 874 cases of the new coronavirus. State health officials said a man in his 70s died due to the virus.

Mercer County, NJ

Mercer County now has at least 249 diagnosed cases.

Cumberland County, NJ

Cumberland has reported one death and at least 12 cases of the new coronavirus.

Salem County, NJ

Salem County has reported three cases of the new coronavirus.

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