More than 3000 people have died from COVID-19 in Pennsylvania

Written by on May 6, 2020

More than 3000 people have died  from COVID-19 in Pennsylvania

By Tyler Pratt

May 6, 2020

More than 3,000 Pennsylvanians have died from COVID-19 since the first cases were announced in the state two months ago. The number of deaths shot up today by more than 500 cases. 

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says the spike is due to a backlog in reporting, most coming from the southeast portion of the state.

“The significant increase noted today is over two weeks and is a reconciliation of our data among a number of different sources including working with the Philadelphia Health Department,” said Levine.

While the number of deaths has sharply risen, the daily totals of new cases have been falling. Dr. Levine says this doesn’t necessarily mean the virus is dissipating. And says the health department is working to bolster testing. She is is asking anyone with possible COVID-19 symptoms in Northeast Pennsylvania, which still has high rates of the virus, to get tested at the Luzerne County drive through site

“We have significant capacity to test those who need it.” 

The state department of health website has a symptom checker that has the wide variety of symptoms that may be associated with COVID-19. The Mohegan Sun testing site in Wilkes Barre is free and appointments can be made online. A new testing site in Easton is scheduled to open tomorrow. 


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