HARRISBURG — The Department of Health announced Monday two Northumberland County COVID-19 patients have died.

The update marked the first deaths reported from the county, which has a confirmed caseload of 143 cases and 1,065 negative tests.

Statewide, there have been 4,505 deaths related to COVID-19, with 63,056 confirmed to have the disease. In total, 277,553 Pennsylvanians have tested negative for COVID-19.

One resident at an undisclosed personal care facility or nursing home in Northumberland County is reported to have contracted the coronavirus and neither of the two deaths reported Monday were linked to nursing homes by the Department of Health.

Northumberland County Commissioner Kym Best confirmed the two deaths in the county Monday and said the county is continuing to take a cautious approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said, “We remain concerned about the coronavirus and we recognize the governor has placed us in yellow, but the commissioners specifically have not opened county buildings to the public at this time. We’re taking a slow, cautious approach to that.”

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