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DOH reports fifth nursing home in Cumberland County with COVID-19 cases
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DOH reports fifth nursing home in Cumberland County with COVID-19 cases

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Pa. Department of Health Testing Lab

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.

Though Cumberland County's number of coronavirus-affected long-term care facilities had remained at three, two more facilities have been added to that list in the last four days.

Previously when only three reported COVID-19 cases, the number of nursing home positives and deaths were already a worry. With one of those likely being Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which only had two staff members with the virus, the other two facilities - Shippensburg Health Care Center and the Gardens at West Shore - were accounting for almost half of the county's cases.

Now with two more facilities reporting cases, the number of cases is likely to climb higher as the county once again reports an increase in cases and deaths Sunday.

The state Department of Health on Sunday said Cumberland County has eight new cases and one new death, bringing its total number to 373 COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths.

The department also reported an increase in nursing home cases with four more residents and two more staff members being infected with the coronavirus at now five facilities.

The Sentinel does not yet have reports on who or where the other two nursing facilities are. So far, no other ZIP codes in Cumberland County except for Shippensburg and Camp Hill area are reporting large numbers of cases and large percentages of positives.

Cumberland County isn't the only county in the region dealing with a dangerous number of cases in nursing facilities.

Though Dauphin County's COVID-19 count had started slow compared to other counties, it now has the second highest total in the southcentral region and the highest number of deaths, with 634 cases and 28 deaths, and increase Sunday in 17 cases and three deaths.

Though Dauphin County has fewer nursing homes affected than Lebanon County - three compared to five - it has almost double the number of cases, with 105 infected residents, 25 infected staff members and 21 deaths - the bulk of the deaths that have occurred in the county. Lebanon County has five affected facilities but only 50 residents who have the virus, six staff members and five deaths.

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Overall across the state, Sunday's new additions were lower than average. The department only reported an increase of 962 cases across the state, as well as 26 new deaths, bringing the statewide totals to 49,267 positive and probable cases and 2,444 confirmed deaths.

County numbers in the southcentral region (through May 3):

  • Adams County (pop. 103,009): 4 new cases; 145 total cases; 1,633 negatives; 4 deaths
  • Bedford County (pop. 47,888): 0 new cases; 24 total cases; 225 negatives; 1 death
  • Blair County (pop. 121,829): 0 new cases; 23 total cases; 1,079 negatives; 0 deaths
  • Cumberland County (pop. 253,370): 8 new cases; 373 total cases; 1,670 negatives; 18 deaths
  • Dauphin County (pop. 278,299): 17 new cases; 634 total cases; 3,881 negatives; 25 deaths
  • Franklin County (pop. 155,027): 26 new cases; 351 total cases; 3,120 negatives; 8 deaths
  • Fulton County (pop. 14,530): 0 new cases; 6 total cases; 92 negatives; 0 deaths
  • Huntingdon County (pop. 45,144): 8 new cases; 56 total cases; 320 negatives; 0 deaths
  • Juniata County (pop. 24,763): 2 new cases; 86 total cases; 167 negatives; 1 death
  • Lebanon County (pop. 141,793): 15 new cases; 735 total cases; 2,790 negatives; 10 deaths
  • Mifflin County (pop. 46,138): 1 new case; 39 total cases; 734 negatives; 0 deaths
  • Perry County (pop. 46,272): 1 new case; 34 total cases; 247 negatives; 1 death
  • York County (pop. 449,058): 15 new cases; 679 total cases; 7,459 negatives and 11 deaths

Case counts by region to date (through May 3):

  • Northcentral — 12 new positives; 752 total positives; 8,696 negatives; 12 inconclusive
  • Northeast — 138 new positives; 10,270 total positives; 28,808 negatives; 97 inconclusive
  • Northwest — 5 new positives; 285 total positives; 6,569 negatives; 11 inconclusive
  • Southcentral — 100 new positives; 3,109 positives; 23,417 negatives; 43 inconclusive
  • Southeast — 664 new positives; 31,463 total positives; 89,621 negatives; 585 inconclusive
  • Southwest — 18 new positives; 2,673 total positives; 34,263 negatives; 25 inconclusive

Long-term care facilities in the Midstate (through May 3):

  • Cumberland County: 5 facilities, 173 residents, 44 staff, 16 deaths
  • Adams County: 1 facility, 19 residents, 4 staff, 4 deaths
  • Dauphin County: 3 facilities, 105 residents, 25 staff, 21 deaths
  • Lancaster County: 27 facilities, 428 residents, 108 staff, 89 deaths
  • Lebanon County: 5 facilities, 50 residents, 6 staff, 5 deaths
  • York County: 4 facilities, 8 residents, 2 staff, 1 death

ZIP code-level counts (through May 3):

  • 17013: 32 positives, 205 negatives
  • 17015: 15 positives, 103 negatives
  • 17050: 43 positives, 204 negatives
  • 17055: 37 positives, 225 negatives
  • 17011: 95 positives, 214 negatives
  • 17007: Less than 4 positives, 19 negatives
  • 17065: Less than 4 positives, 19 negatives
  • 17324: Less than 4 positives, 42 negatives
  • 17241: 10 positives, 93 negatives
  • 17257: 103 positives, 145 negatives
  • 17240: Less than 4 positives, 11 negatives
  • 17025: 13 positives, 126 negatives
  • 17070: 20 positives, 142 negatives
  • 17043: 5 positives, 60 negatives
  • 17019: 13 positives, 101 negatives

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