May 31 Coronavirus Update: 2,729 Cases with 281 Deaths in Chester County from COVID-19

Coronavirus COVID-19

CHESTER COUNTY, PA — The Pennsylvania National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (PA-NEDSS) today confirmed 60 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Chester County, bringing the countywide total to 2,729, which includes 281 deaths. All active cases are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

To move from Red to Yellow phase, the target is 50 or less new confirmed positive cases over 14 days per 100,000 population. Currently, Chester County’s confirmed positives over 14 days per 100,000 people is 87, with 459 new confirmed cases countywide within a total population of 524,989.(1)

There have been a total of 13,092 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.

Hospital Data for Chester County

  • Available Adult ICU Beds: 55
  • Available Medical/Surgical Beds: 198
  • Available Pediatric ICU Beds: 0
  • Available Airborne Isolation Room Beds: 59
  • Total Number of Vents: 133
    • Ventilators in Use (COVID-19): 7
    • Ventilators in Use (non-COVID-19): 21

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Neighboring Counties

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

  • Berks County, Pennsylvania – Cases: 4,061 | Deaths: 317
  • Montgomery County, Pennsylvania – Cases: 7,061 | Deaths: 684
  • Delaware County, Pennsylvania – Cases:  6,461 | Deaths: 558
  • New Castle County, Delaware(2) – Cases: 3,758 | Deaths: 170
  • Cecil County, Maryland(3) – Cases: 371 | Deaths: 23
  • Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – Cases: 3,161 | Deaths: 297
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Statewide Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Health officially confirmed the statewide total has reached 71,926 across all 67 counties, as of May 31, with a total of 5,555 deaths. Of the patients who have tested positive, 67 percent are considered recovered.

“As Pennsylvania continues to move forward in the process to reopen, we need to remember that the threat from COVID-19 has not gone away,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “As counties move into the yellow and green phases, we must take personal responsibility to protect others. Wearing a mask, continuing to maintain social distancing, and washing your hands frequently are all steps we can take to help protect others, including our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our essential workers and our healthcare system.”

Statewide, there is a total of 383,111 patients who tested negative for the COVID-19 virus to date. There are 620 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.

Of the patients who have tested positive, based on statewide numbers, the age breakdown is as follows:(4)

  • Less than 1% are aged 0-4;
  • Less than 1% are aged 5-12;
  • Less than 2% are aged 13-18;
  • 6% are aged 19-24;
  • Less than 37% are aged 25-49;
  • 25% are aged 50-64; and
  • 28% 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.

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In nursing and personal care homes, there are 15,486 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,659 cases among employees, for a total of 18,145 at 609 distinct facilities in 44 counties.

Out of the total deaths, 3,540 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.

Approximately 5,455 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, 57 counties are in the yellow phase of reopening. The first 18 counties moved to green on Friday, May 29. All remaining red counties are expected to move to yellow by June 5.

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.
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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

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) Data provided by the Chester County Health Department as of 05/31/2020. 
(2) Provided by the Delaware Health Department. Data is provisional and subject to change as new information becomes available.
(3) 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.
(4) Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.

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