PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The number of coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania continues to climb. On Friday, health officials announced 83 new cases, bringing the statewide COVID-19 cases to 302.
There are currently 67 cases in Philadelphia and 68 in Montgomery County. In Philadelphia, 23 new cases were reported and 13 new cases were announced in Montgomery County on Friday.
In #Philadelphia, there are 67 people with #coronavirus.
10 are health care workers. Officials say increase is due the virus spreading as well as increase in testing. There are 20 testing sites in our area.
— Jessica Kartalija (@JessKartalija) March 20, 2020
A drive-thru testing site will open Saturday at Temple University’s Ambler campus in Upper Dublin Township. In order to get tested, you have to exhibit symptoms, be a first responder or a health care worker who can’t be tested at work. An appointment has to be made to get tested. Click here to register for a coronavirus testing in Montgomery County.
Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, the chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, is also asking for businesses to donate unused masks to medical workers.
In two days, the number of new cases doubled in Pennsylvania.
On Wednesday we had 37 new #COVID19 cases in a day, and today we have 83 new cases in a day.
In 2 DAYS we've DOUBLED amount of new cases.
— PA Department of Health (@PAHealthDept) March 20, 2020
“Our notable increase in cases over the last few days indicates we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”
There are 2,574 patients who have tested negative and one death.
On Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close their physical locations to combat the spread of COVID-19.
A drive-thru testing site is opening up at Citizens Bank Park on Friday afternoon.