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Pennsylvania sees rise in newly confirmed cases of COVID-19

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is seeing an uptick in the number of confirmed new cases of COVID-19, more than three months after the pandemic first began to spread in the state.

The Health Department said Thursday there were 579 new positive cases and 39 deaths.

The state’s caseload had been steadily falling, but more recently has plateaued and now appears to be inching up.

 

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https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-sees-rise-in-newly-confirmed-cases-of-covid-19/article_963c0a3e-b79b-11ea-a254-abf716244119.html

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM)  – Governor Tom Wolf is reminding Pennsylvanians that wearing a mask is mandatory when visiting businesses.

“The importance of mask-wearing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect people and businesses cannot be overstated,” Gov. Wolf said. “Masks are required in businesses, for the entire time someone is visiting a business. It’s that simple and that important to continue to safely reopen the state and keep our case counts on the decline.”

This week, state government agencies communicated the following mask requirements to Pennsylvania businesses.

  • Everyone must wear a mask, unless they have a medical reason not to or are under the age of 2. That includes workers and customers. Remember, my mask protects you and your mask protects me.
  • No mask, no shirt, no shoes, no service. If a worker or customer attempts to enter your business without a mask on, ask them to leave and return when they have a mask. A fabric mask is fine.
  • Find PPE to protect your workers. Masks and other PPE can be hard to find given the high demand. But we’ve got you covered. Check out our online directory of PPE manufacturers and suppliers in Pennsylvania.
  • Have good mask hygiene. Don’t touch the front of your mask. Make sure it covers both your nose and mouth. Don’t lift it up when talking to someone. Remember, the virus travels in the droplets we breath out when talking or laughing, not just when we cough or sneeze. If wearing a fabric mask, make sure you wash it and let it fully dry between uses.

“Wearing masks in a business or when in a public space where social distancing can’t be maintained is a required, vital practice to stopping the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “It’s also a sign of respect for others because your mask is protecting them. Let’s continue to get through this together.”

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1 hour ago, lanzate said:

It went hard and fast among the Amish about a month to 6 weeks ago.   Wouldn’t be surprised if they saw near 100% infections in some of their communities.   Few got tested and maybe only sick a day or 2 but the losing sense of taste and smell seems an almost guarantee it was covid.    

that would coincide with going back to church again? (the crowds at church?)

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14 minutes ago, lanzate said:

The Amish meet in homes and that never stopped.   They don’t meet every week and depends on time of year and each individual district.   They are a community people. They really are not going to self isolate even for a virus.  
Something that will be worth a study later on is why so few had problems with it even though they clearly had it in their community.    There has already been fascinating studies on why asthma and allergies are nearly non existent in the Amish and yet they seem to be growing exponentially in English communities.  Allergies  are a hyper immune response and seems covid plays into that.       Amish also have much less a problem with obesity and their diet may played a part.   

Right! Had forgotten that.

I hope I understood this correctly: that there has been more of the virus among the plain Mennonites, since they resumed going to church. (Unlike the Amish, actually going to a church.)

have thought the same thing you wrote about the Amish, with respect for the culture, not judgment--about being community people, and the difficulty of self-isolating.

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New coronavirus cases have jumped sharply in Pennsylvania in the past week, and increased testing doesn’t appear to be the only reason.

The 3,802 new cases recorded June 23-29 were up 24% from 3,065 the week before, while the number of tests increased by only 14%.

That means that the rate of positive tests has nudged back upward after weeks of decline, leading state officials to take a closer look at counties that might be experiencing increased community spread of the virus.

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/rate-of-new-coronavirus-cases-increasing-faster-than-rate-of-testing-in-pennsylvania-lancaster-count

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