Pennsylvania COVID-19 Cases Pass 50K, Nursing Home Data Release Considered
Pennsylvania has passed 50,000 cases of confirmed coronavirus infections.
Health Department Officials reported May 4 that 825 additional people tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total to 50,092.
Fourteen new deaths raised the statewide total to 2,458.
The state, however, is moving forward with reopening plans as infection and morbidity numbers are trending downward
Meanwhile, The Associated Press reports a decision is expected this week on whether the Health Department will release data on COVID-19 at individual nursing homes. Residents of nursing homes and personal care homes account for two-thirds of the state’s COVID-19 death toll.
In a county-by-county breakdown from the health department:
Bradford County had 35 cases and two deaths while Susquehanna County had 86 cases and 9 deaths and Wayne County had 109 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths.
Three nursing homes in Susquehanna County had reported coronavirus activity affecting 44 residents and 12 staff and accounting for all the COVID-19 deaths in the county.