July 8 Coronavirus Update: 3,892 Cases with 332 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 microbiologists Karen Zimmerman, prepares a master mix for PCR 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 29 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Chester County, bringing the countywide total to 3,892, which includes 210 cases defined as probable and 332 deaths. 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 822 resident cases of COVID-19 and 231 cases among employees at 44 of 75 distinct facilities in Chester County. Out of the total deaths from COVID-19 in the county, 274 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 30,008 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: 4,623 | Deaths: 355
  • Montgomery County, Pennsylvania – Cases: 8,718 | Deaths: 818
  • Delaware County, Pennsylvania – Cases:  7,427 | Deaths: 662
  • New Castle County, Delaware(1) – Cases: 5,555 | Deaths: 247
  • Cecil County, Maryland(2) – Cases: 512 | Deaths: 28
  • Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – Cases: 4,673 | Deaths: 372
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Statewide Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Health officially confirmed the statewide total has reached 92,148 across all 67 counties, as of July 8, with a total of 6,812 deaths. Of the patients who have tested positive, 77 percent are considered recovered.

Statewide, there is a total of 774,378 patients who tested negative for the COVID-19 virus to date. There are 634 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)

  • Less than 1% are aged 0-4;
  • 1% are aged 5-12;
  • Less than 3% are aged 13-18;
  • Less than 8% are aged 19-24;
  • 37% are aged 25-49;
  • Less than 24% are aged 50-64; and
  • Less than 27% are aged 65 or older.
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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.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,060 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,380 cases among employees, for a total of 21,440 at 727 distinct facilities in 55 counties.

Out of Pennsylvania’s total deaths, 4,626 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 6,855 of the total statewide cases are in health care workers.

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

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 for a life-sustaining reason, please wear a mask.

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.

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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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