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Pa. coronavirus cases top 24,000, including 1,366 newly reported; 524 have died

Pa. coronavirus cases top 24,000, including 1,366 newly reported; 524 have died

By The Pennsylvania Department of Health said today 1,366 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed, raising the statewide total to 24,199.At least 524 have died due to the coronavirus, including 17 new deaths reported today. All of those who have died are adults, the health department said.At least 38 people have died in the Harrisburg region, including one new death reported today in Lebanon County. The health department released new numbers today.The number of new cases is up from the last daily update on Sunday (which reported 1,178 new cases). But it’s well below the one-day high of...

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Apr 13, 2020
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Pa. will now require most customers to wear masks, workers to wear them on the job, to slow COVID-19 spread

Pa. will now require most customers to wear masks, workers to wear them on the job, to slow COVID-19 spread

By Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine announced new protocols for essential businesses to help protect employees and customers during the coronavirus pandemic.The order, which was signed on Wednesday and will be enforced starting Sun., April 19 at 8 p.m., includes a number of measures, but the most prevalent is that most customers will now be required to wear masks while on the premises of all businesses that serve the public within a building or defined area. Employees will need to, as well.Entry will be denied to any individual not wearing a...

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Apr 15
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Coronavirus deaths top 500 in Pa., nearly 23,000 patients tested positive

Coronavirus deaths top 500 in Pa., nearly 23,000 patients tested positive

By There are now close to 23,000 patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus in Pennsylvania, including more than 500 deaths.According to the latest statistics released by the Pennsylvania Department of Heath on Sunday, 1,178 new cases have been confirmed, bringing the statewide total to 22,833.At least 507 of people have died, including 13 new fatalities.Dauphin and Lancaster counties are reporting one new death. In the Harrisburg region:As of Sunday, 102,057 people have tested negative. Most of the patients who have been hospitalized are 65 and older, and most deaths have...

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Apr 12, 2020
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‘Sorry, we’re closed’ sign pops up near Pa. border with N.J.

‘Sorry, we’re closed’ sign pops up near Pa. border with N.J.

By A big, blue sign on Interstate 80 welcomes travelers from New Jersey to the Keystone state, but as the coronavirus pandemic rages, another sign has popped up nearby.“Sorry, we’re closed,” the new, handmade sign reads, The not-so-welcome sign appeared this weekend in Monroe County on the westbound side of I-80, easily visible to drivers passing through.There is no word yet where the sign came from or if PennDOT has plans to take it down, according to reports.I love the Poconos — Dan Turansky (@PoconoDan16) Thanks for visiting PennLive. Quality local journalism has never been more...

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Apr 6, 2020
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Central Pa.’s COVID-19 peak ‘weeks away,’ UPMC Pinnacle’s chief medical officer says

Central Pa.’s COVID-19 peak ‘weeks away,’ UPMC Pinnacle’s chief medical officer says

By Any talk of a “plateau” in cases in central Pennsylvania is premature, said Dr. James Raczek, chief medical officer at UPMC Pinnacle.“There’s talk of a peak in next week or so,” Raczek told PennLive in a phone interview Thursday. “I don’t think that’s correct in what we’re seeing. I think we are going to see a peak in a number of weeks down the road. We are planning for significant number of (COVID-19) patients that need to be treated.”Raczek declined to provide specific figures for how many cases the multi-county health system of seven acute care hospitals with 1,160 licensed beds, over...

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Apr 10, 2020
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More than a third of Pennsylvanians admit to drinking during work-from-home hours, study says

More than a third of Pennsylvanians admit to drinking during work-from-home hours, study says

By Working from home is driving Pennsylvanians to drink, and not just on their own time, . More than a third of those surveyed said they believe they will drink more alcohol while in self-isolation, and 38 percent of Pennsylvanians said they have consumed alcohol during work hours.That percentage puts Pennsylvania ahead of the national average of 32 percent, but well behind the 67 percent of Hawaiians who responded that they have consumed alcohol while on the clock. Beer was the most likely culprit and might be borne of necessity in Pennsylvania as of the state’s wine and spirits...

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Apr 7, 2020
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Watch as Centralia’s Graffiti Highway gets covered by dirt to stop trespassers: drone video

Watch as Centralia’s Graffiti Highway gets covered by dirt to stop trespassers: drone video

By The Graffiti Highway, a landmark at the nearly deserted Pa. town of , is disappearing.The abandoned by its private owner to keep away the curious and, in the time of the coronavirus shutdown, the bored.Centralia’s underground fire started when a group of fireman, on May 27, 1962, before that Memorial Day. They thought they had extinguished the blaze, but it spread through an opening in the pit to abandoned coal mines under the town. It’s been burning ever since.The .74-mile stretch of Route 61 through town got its nickname from the graffiti painted all over its surface. Smoke from the...

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Apr 7, 2020
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Knoebels Amusement Resort has announced it will delay 2020 opening until further notice

Knoebels Amusement Resort has announced it will delay 2020 opening until further notice

By Everyone’s favorite free amusement park is delaying when it will open this year once again.Knoebels Amusement Resort had , due to the .But their latest announcement has pushed back the start date of the 2020 season even further - and the exact date has yet to be determined.“For the health and safety of our team and community, we are closely following federal and state guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” reads a statement from the Knoebels staff. “With this being the case, our off-season projects are on hold and will need to be completed once our team returns to work. Since...

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Apr 7, 2020
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Gov. Tom Wolf unveils 6-point plan for reopening Pa.; here’s his list

Gov. Tom Wolf unveils 6-point plan for reopening Pa.; here’s his list

By Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled the key criteria of his plan for reopening Pennsylvania amid the coronavirus pandemic on Friday.A six-point plan was outlined during a televised address, but Wolf provided no timetable for when they could start taking place. He added that more specifics will be forthcoming next week.The six-points are, as taken verbatim from Wolf:"First, our approach will be data-driven. We will rely upon quantifiable criteria to drive a targeted, evidence-based, regional approach to reopen in Pennsylvania."Second, we will put forth guidance and recommendations for employers,...

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Apr 17
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Pa. approaches 500 coronavirus deaths, with more than 21,000 cases identified

Pa. approaches 500 coronavirus deaths, with more than 21,000 cases identified

By Pennsylvania now has over 21,000 patients who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and close to 500 people have died due to the disease thus far.The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 1,676 new cases Saturday, raising the statewide total to 21,655.At least 494 people have died, including 78 new fatalities reported today.The numbers released today list one new death in Cumberland and Dauphin counties and two new deaths in Lancaster.Lancaster County has the most total fatalities with 23 reported deaths. Cumberland, Dauphin and York have each reported three deaths total....

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Apr 11, 2020
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