UPDATE (3 p.m.): The Philadelphia Health Department has announced the city’s first confirmed case of coronavirus, bringing the Pennsylvania total to 12. The story, headline and map have been changed to reflect this new information.
A coronavirus patient in the Poconos has been released from the hospital and is in isolation at home, Pennsylvania state health officials announced Tuesday.
Tuesday’s total coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania increased by one from Monday. One of the latest positive tests came from Montgomery County, where seven patients were previously identified. The newest patient had been in contact with another person who had also tested positive, Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine said in Tuesday’s daily media briefing live-streamed from Harrisburg.
A few hours later, officials in Philadelphia confirmed that city’s first coronavirus case.
“It is so important that everyone in Pennsylvania knows we are taking every precaution to keep their communities safe,” Levine said in the earlier briefing. “What is most important is that everyone in Pennsylvania stay calm.”
While in isolation, the Monroe County patient is still allowed to go outside but is instructed to avoid other people, health officials said. That is different from a quarantine, where people who may have been exposed to the disease are monitored to see if they are infected.
Pennsylvania has now identified eight patients in Montgomery County and one each in Monroe, Delaware and Wayne counties. Some tests must still be confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control.
Neighboring New Jersey reported its first coronavirus death on Tuesday – a Bergen County man in his 60s – and four new positive tests, bringing the state’s total cases to 15.
Worldwide, the Associated Press reports that the number of coronavirus cases has surpassed 110,000 and 4,000 people have died as more than half the world’s countries now report infections.
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