August 3 Coronavirus Update: 4,914 Cases with 344 Deaths in Chester County from COVID-19

State Public Health Laboratory in Exton Tests for COVID-19State Public Health Laboratory in Exton Tests for COVID-19; Pennsylvania Commonwealth microbiologist Kerry Pollard performs a manual extraction of the coronavirus inside the extraction lab at the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories.

CHESTER COUNTY, PA — The Pennsylvania National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (PA-NEDSS) today confirmed 78 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Chester County over the weekend, bringing the countywide total to 4,914 which includes 227 cases defined as probable and 344 deaths. An estimated 3,734 patients can be considered recovered. All active cases are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

In personal care facilities and personal care homes, there are 863 resident cases of COVID-19 and 275 cases among employees at 45 of 75 distinct facilities in Chester County. Out of the total deaths from COVID-19 in the county, 284 have occurred in residents from long term care facilities or personal care facilities.

Governor Wolf moved Chester County to “green phase” on June 26th. The green phase eases most restrictions by lifting the stay-at-home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health. Some restrictions, such as mask-wearing, remain in place. The latest information on Chester County’s re-opening measures can be found at RestoreChesterCounty.org.

There have been a total of 46,227 Chester County residents who tested negative for the COVID-19 virus to date.

For an updated map with the number of cases in Chester County by municipality, visit here. A mobile-friendly version of this information can be found here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Neighboring Counties

The health data below lists the confirmed cases in neighboring counties:

  • Berks County, Pennsylvania – Cases: 5,218 | Deaths: 365
  • Montgomery County, Pennsylvania – Cases: 9,870 | Deaths: 850
  • Delaware County, Pennsylvania – Cases:  8,859 | Deaths: 687
  • New Castle County, Delaware(1) – Cases: 6,868 | Deaths: 287
  • Cecil County, Maryland(2) – Cases: 655| Deaths: 29
  • Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – Cases: 5,682 | Deaths: 407
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Statewide Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Health officially confirmed the statewide total has reached 114,155 across all 67 counties, as of August 3, with a total of 7,209 deaths. Of the patients who have tested positive, 75 percent are considered recovered.

Statewide, there is a total of 1,142,414 patients who tested negative for the COVID-19 virus to date. There are 643 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.

Mask wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Of the patients who have tested positive, based on statewide numbers, the age breakdown is as follows:(3)

  • 1% are ages 0-4;
  • 1% are ages 5-12;
  • 3% are ages 13-18;
  • 9% are ages 19-24;
  • 37% are ages 25-49;
  • Nearly 23% are ages 50-64; and
  • 24% are ages 65 or older

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. More statewide data is available here.

The department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds. An alert was sent to healthcare providers over the weekend about the changing COVID-19 case demographics, as there are more cases in younger age groups than in those 50-64 and 65+. The following regions have seen significant increases among 19 to 24-year-olds in each month from April to present in July:

  • SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 19 percent of cases in July;
  • SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 18 percent of cases in July;
  • NE – 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 17 percent of cases in July;
  • SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 14 percent of cases in July;
  • NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 14 percent of cases in July; and
  • NC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 14 percent of cases in July.
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In nursing and personal care homes, there are 19,628 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,991 cases among employees, for a total of 23,619 at 856 distinct facilities in 61 counties.

Out of Pennsylvania’s total deaths, 4,914 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Data for specific long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania, including Department of Health and Department of Human Services regulated facilities, is available here and here.

Approximately 8,353 of the total statewide cases are in health care workers.

Currently, all Pennsylvania counties are in the green phase of reopening.

For the newest information on the local, state, federal response to COVID-19, click here.

Health officials stress the role every person plays 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, you are required to wear a mask when in a business or where it is difficult to maintain proper social distancing.
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For an updated map with the number of statewide cases by county, visit here. For more information on COVID-19 in Chester County, visit www.Chesco.org/Coronavirus.


Editor’s Note: Initially, MyChesCo pulled county-specific COVID-19 data from the Chester County Health Department’s COVID-19 Dashboard. However, over time, that data became inconsistent and unreliable. Therefore, going forward, except where noted, MyChesCo will be using data from the Pennsylvania National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (PA-NEDSS) as the primary data source for our daily updates. Unfortunately, this means we will no longer publish a breakdown by municipality. We apologize for any inconvenience. All data is provisional and subject to change as new information becomes available.

(1) Provided by the Delaware Health Department based on the most recently available information. Data is provisional and subject to change as new information becomes available.
(2) Provided by the Maryland Department of Health based on the most recently available information. All data are preliminary and are subject to change based on additional reporting.
(3) Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.

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