Coronavirus news: 2 presumed positive cases in Pennsylvania, including Delaware County – WPVI-TV
Gov. Tom Wolf made that announcement during a news conference on Friday morning.
The other case is in Wayne County in the far northeastern portion of Pennsylvania.
“In the last few hours we received confirmation of presumed – I emphasize the word presumed – positive cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus, in Pennsylvania. I’m saying presumed positive for a reason, because the results have to be confirmed by the CDC. But we have two that we have tested in Pennsylvania, so we are presuming positive,” Wolf said.
Both patients have been quarantined and are in good physical condition, officials said.
The Delaware County case is an adult who recently traveled to an area of the United States where COVID-19 is present, officials said. The other case is an adult who recently traveled to a country where the coronavirus is present.
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said officials will be contacting those who have been in contact with the affected people and they will be quarantined.
“We expect more cases to be confirmed in the coming days and weeks,” Levine said.
No other information on the people affected has been released.
Shortly before noon Friday, Governor Wolf signed an emergency disaster declaration to provide increased support to state agencies involved in the response to the virus.
“It is critical to prepare for and respond to suspected or confirmed cases in the commonwealth and to implement measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The disaster declaration is an additional way we can be prepared,” Wolf said.
This update comes hours after Bucks County officials announced the
closure of five schools in the Central Bucks School District for Friday after some students and staffers came in contact with a confirmed coronavirus patient at a private gathering.
That patient was from out of state, officials said. At this time there have been no confirmed cases in Bucks County.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia health officials are monitoring two possible coronavirus cases in the city.
New Jersey also has two presumed positive cases of coronavirus, officials announced on Thursday.
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed to 14, with all but one victim in Washington state, while the number of infections increased to over 200 across 18 states.
The coronavirus has infected around 100,000 people worldwide and killed over 3,400, the vast majority of them in China. Most cases have been mild, and more than half of those infected have recovered.
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