Coronavirus Update: 210 Cases and 2 Deaths in Chester County, Statewide Total of 7,016 Cases 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 health officials have confirmed a total of 210 cases and 2 deaths from COVID-19 as of April 2.1  The Pennsylvania Department of Health have also today officially confirmed 1,211 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 7,016 in 62 counties. The department also reported 16 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 90. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

Chester County Reports Two More COVID-19 Related Deaths

Chester County health officials and the Chester County Coroner report two more coronavirus (COVID-19)-related deaths.

A 79-year-old male from Honey Brook, died on April 1, 2020. He had been hospitalized and had a number of underlying conditions. The coroner also recorded the death of an 87-year-old male on April 1, 2020. He was a Montgomery County resident, but he passed in a hospital in Chester County. He also had a number of underlying conditions.

Responding to these additional deaths, Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline said, “On behalf of the whole Chester County community, we express our deepest sympathies to families of these two individuals.

“The death of both of these men reinforces the fact that older people with chronic health issues are the most susceptible to this virus. Right now, social distancing is the most practical ‘cure’ that we have to beat COVID-19, so we implore everyone to stay at home – for the sake of the elderly and for the sake of everyone.”

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Chester County Coroner Dr. Christina VandePol said, “This is a very stressful situation for everyone, but especially the families who lose someone to this dreadful disease. We are in close communication with Chester County hospital staff and funeral homes as COVID-19 deaths are reported. As the Commissioners said, everyone must continue to stay home. It IS making a difference and will prevent death.

Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19

“The continued rise in cases combined with our increasing deaths from COVID-19 reflects the seriousness of this situation,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We need everyone to listen to the orders in place and to stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We know that these prolonged mitigation effects have been difficult for everyone, but it is essential that everyone follows these orders and does not go out unless they absolutely must.”

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There are 47,698 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 aged 0-4;
  • Nearly 1% are aged 5-12;
  • 1% are aged 13-18;
  • Nearly 9% are aged 19-24;
  • Nearly 41% are aged 25-49;
  • Nearly 29% are aged 50-64; and
  • 19% are aged 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. There have been no pediatric deaths to date. Additional statewide data is available here.

All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide indefinitely. Currently, the entire state is under a stay-at-home order.

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.
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For an updated map with the number of cases in Chester County by municipality, visit here. 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.

1 Please note that there may be differences in data reported by the Chester County Health Department and the PA Department of Health. This is usually due to cases that are incorrectly assigned to counties, which is corrected prior to reporting. The state’s data reflects the corrections in their next data update. The local Health Department data reflects the most accurate data.
2 This data is provided by the Chester County Health Department in coordination with the Chester County Department of Emergency Services, update as of April 2, 2020, at 12:00 pm.

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