May 19 Coronavirus Update: 2,199 Cases and 230 Deaths in Chester County from COVID-19

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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) for our daily updates. Unfortunately, this means we will no longer publish a breakdown by municipality. We apologize for any inconvenience.

CHESTER COUNTY, PA — The Pennsylvania National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (PA-NEDSS) today confirmed 46 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Chester County, bringing the countywide total to 2199 cases and 230 deaths. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

In long term care facilities and personal care homes, there are 691 resident cases of COVID-19, and 133 cases among employees, at 39 of 75 distinct facilities in Chester County. Out of the total deaths from COVID-19 in the county, 187 have occurred in residents from long term care facilities or personal care facilities.

There have been a total of 8,964 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.

Hospital Data for Chester County

  • Available Adult ICU Beds: 62
  • Available Medical/Surgical Beds: 134
  • Available Pediatric ICU Beds: 0
  • Available Airborne Isolation Room Beds: 63
  • Total Number of Vents: 132
    • Ventilators in Use (COVID-19): 10
    • Ventilators in Use (non-COVID-19): 19
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Neighboring Counties

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

  • Berks County, Pennsylvania – Cases: 3,735 | Deaths: 262
  • Montgomery County, Pennsylvania – Cases: 6,063 | Deaths: 575
  • Delaware County, Pennsylvania – Cases:  5,754 | Deaths: 451
  • New Castle County, Delaware(1) – Cases: 2,845 | Deaths: 135
  • Cecil County, Maryland(2) – Cases: 323 | Deaths: 18
  • Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – Cases: 2,593 | Deaths: 259

Statewide Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Health officially confirmed the statewide total has reached 63,666 across all 67 counties, as of May 19, with a total of 4,624 deaths.

“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.”

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Statewide, there is a total of 286,034 patients who tested negative for the COVID-19 virus to date. 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;
  • Less than 1% are aged 5-12;
  • 1% are aged 13-18;
  • 6% are aged 19-24;
  • 37% are aged 25-49;
  • 26% are aged 50-64; and
  • 29% 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. More statewide data is available here.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 13,813 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,191 cases among employees, for a total of 16,003 at 557 distinct facilities in 44 counties.

Out of the total deaths, 3,145 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 4,600 of Pennsylvania’s total cases are in health care workers.

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, 37 counties are in the yellow phase of reopening; 12 more will move to the yellow phase on May 22.

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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.


(1) Provided by the Delaware Health Department. 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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I want to thank MyChesco for continuing to publicize this information. It’s the clearest summary I have found for we Chester Countians! Could you clarify two points? Total Chester Co. cases as of the report today, as noted above, were 2,199, and 230 deaths. It appears that those who died are included in the “Total Cases” number, even though they have died. Is that the case, or have those who died been subtracted out of the “Total” so as to be listed separately? And of the 187 deaths in Long-Term Care facilities, are they all residents? Have any heath care… Read more »

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Thank you! The MyChesCo Team works hard to parse the data dumps and convert them into understandable information for our readers. Our understandings is that the total positives do also include those who subsequently passed away. The deaths from long-term care facilities is only residents, but are also included in total deaths. So, 187 of 230 (or roughly 81%) of all deaths in Chester County are residents from long term care facilities or personal care facilities. We are not getting data specific to health care workers. Of course, all the data is reported as preliminary and the Pennsylvania National Electronic… Read more »

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Thank you, Tim, for that clarification! I do appreciate knowing all the specifics you provide! Might you consider reporting the total as “2,199, including 230 deaths” so we can watch active case numbers (1,969 for yesterday’s report) and get a sense if and when active cases are generally beginning to level off or decrease ? [PS, how did I get that awful image by my name?!]

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Sure, that is an easy edit to our format. As for the “awful image,” we use a randomly generated Cartoon Monster as an avatar in user comments rather than a generic Shadow Person. There are two ways to change it: (1) Create a member account (it is free) and upload your own image, or (2) go to Gravatar.com and associate your email with an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment (also free).

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Thanks again!