Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 23, that there are 725 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 66,983.
According to data on the department’s web site, Clearfield County now has 34 total cases while 926 patients have tested negative for the virus.
There are 5,096 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 112 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here.
“As counties move from red to yellow, we need all Pennsylvanians to continue to follow the social distancing and mitigation efforts in place,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We must continue to protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, which includes our seniors, those with underlying health issues, our healthcare workers and our first responders. I am proud of the work that Pennsylvanians have done so far, but we cannot stop now, we must continue to take the necessary steps to protect ourselves from COVID-19.”
There are 513 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 321,469 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:
- Nearly 1% are ages 0-4;
- Nearly 1% are ages 5-12;
- Nearly 2% are ages 13-18;
- Nearly 6% are ages 19-24;
- Nearly 37% are ages 25-49;
- 25% are ages 50-64; and
- Nearly 29% are ages 65 or older.
Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. More data is available here.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 14,486 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,437 cases among employees, for a total of 16,923 at 589 distinct facilities in 44 counties. Out of our total deaths, 3,349 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.
Approximately 5,064 of our total cases are in health care workers.
For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.
Non-life-sustaining businesses in the red phase are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide through the remainder of the academic year. Currently, 49 counties are in the yellow phase of reopening.
Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, May 22:
- Provided an update from Pennsylvania State Police on business closure enforcement actions.
- Announced eight counties moving to yellow and 17 to green on May 29, remainder to yellow on June 5.
- Released summer camp and recreation guidance.
- Ordered commonwealth, U.S. flags to half-staff for Memorial Day.
- Modified executive order on foreclosure and eviction suspensions.
The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
- Clean surfaces frequently.
- Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
- If you must go out for a life-sustaining reason, please wear a mask.