PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Over 100 new coronavirus cases were reported in Philadelphia on Sunday as the number of positive cases in Pennsylvania rose above 11,500, health officials say. An additional 1,493 cases were announced, bringing the statewide total to 11,510.
Fourteen more people died from COVID-19, raising the Pennsylvania death toll to 150.
In Philadelphia, there were eight additional deaths, bringing the death toll to 43. There were 181 new cases reported, for a citywide total of 3,189.
Today our @PHLPublicHealth department reported:
– 181 new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Philadelphia, for a total of 3,189.
– 8 people died, for a total of 43 deaths.
More COVID-19 resources and updates: https://t.co/ABHIYZJxAw
— Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) April 5, 2020
“The continued rise in cases combined with our increasing deaths from COVID-19 reflects the seriousness of this situation,” Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We need everyone to listen to the orders in place and to stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We know that these prolonged mitigation effects have been difficult for everyone, but it is essential that everyone follows these orders and does not go out unless they absolutely must.”
Montgomery County officials also reported four deaths and 101 additional positive COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the countywide total to 989 cases.
“Sadly, we are reporting today four more deaths due to COVID-19, which underscores the need to protect the most vulnerable as well as ourselves by staying at home,” Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Chair Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh said.
According to officials, 66,261 patients in Pennsylvania have tested negative for COVID-19.
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.
Locally, there are 276 coronavirus cases in Berks County; 555 in Bucks County; 269 in Chester County; 708 in Delaware County; 877 in Lehigh County; 989 in Montgomery County; and 636 in Northampton County.
As the number of cases continues to grow in the state, Gov. Tom Wolf is asking all residents to wear a mask when they go out in public.
On Saturday, Dr. Levine said Pennsylvania has “adequate” hospital capacity but is preparing for a surge in COVID-19 cases.
The health department continues to review different models predicting when that surge may occur.
The latest figures point to sometime in mid-April, but that’s not for certain.