HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health announced Sunday the total amount of coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania has risen to 479, an increase of 108 cases from Saturday.
There are still no confirmed cases in Northumberland County, however, as of Sunday's update, four counties that border Northumberland County have confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 — Montour, Columbia, Schyulkill and Dauphin.
The coronavirus outbreak appears to have began affecting Pennsylvania in the Philadelphia region and slowly more mid-state counties are having confirmed cases. Montgomery County and Philadelphia County have a total of 178 confirmed coronavirus patients.
Cases are also being confirmed in Pittsburgh's Allegheny County, where the case count has risen to 40.
“Our notable increase in cases over the last few days indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now — stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”
There have been 4,964 patients who have tested negative for the virus, a press release from the Department of Health states.
The state releases its updated coronavirus numbers at noon everyday on the Department of Health website.
At 1 p.m. today, Levine will hold a livestream to give citizens an update on coronavirus and outline the ongoing efforts to mitigate the virus.
The livestream can be viewed here.