38 new COVID-9 cases confirmed in Luzerne County; deaths rise to 97 | Times Leader


WILKES-BARRE — The Pennsylvania Department of Health Saturday reported 5 more deaths in Luzerne County and 38 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

That bring the death toll in the county to 97, with 2,211 confirmed cases.

In Lackawanna County, there are 968 confirmed cases and 83 have died; Monroe County has 1,165 cases and 53 deaths.

The Department of Health confirmed that there are 1,334 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 48,305. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

The department reported 64 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 2,418 in Pennsylvania.

“As we see the number of new COVID-19 cases continuously change across the state that does not mean we can stop practicing social distancing,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. “We must continue to stay home to protect ourselves, our families and our community. If you must go out, please make as few trips as possible and wear a mask to protect not only yourself, but others. We need all Pennsylvanians to continue to heed these efforts to protect our vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our health care workers and front line responders.”

Arena testing continues

The Wolf Administration Saturday tested 67 symptomatic residents at the administration’s COVID-19 testing site at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre.

So far, 1,171 individuals have been tested at the site.

The drive-thru testing site is being held in the parking lot of the Mohegan Sun Pocono Arena and pre-registration is required. The site is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily to test symptomatic Northeast Pennsylvanian residents.

There will be no testing on Sunday, May 3. Testing will resume Monday, May 4 at 10 a.m.

Registration is required one day in advance and can be found on the Department of Health’s website, health.pa.gov. Registration by phone is also available by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH. Appointments are capped at 200 per day. No on-site registration is available.

Patient data

There are 187,071 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

Nearly 1% are aged 0-4;

Nearly 1% are aged 5-12;

1% are aged 13-18;

Nearly 6% are aged 19-24;

Nearly 38% are aged 25-49;

Nearly 27% are aged 50-64; and

Nearly 27% are aged 65 or older.

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 8,827 resident cases of COVID-19, and 1,148 cases among employees, for a total of 9,975 at 478 distinct facilities in 44 counties. Out of our total deaths, 1,614 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 2,989 of our total cases are in health care workers.

All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide through the remainder of the academic year.

Currently the entire state is under a stay-at-home order.

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

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