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Centre, Potter Counties get first cases of coronavirus

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of the afternoon of March 20 that COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Centre and Potter counties. Mount Nittany Medical Center at State College then later in the day confirmed it had two cases.

The Health Department also said there were 83 additional positive cases of COVID-19 reported, bringing the statewide total to 268.

All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

“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.”

Statewide, there are 268 cases of COVID-19 reported from commercial, hospital and state labs. There are 2,574 patients who have tested negative, and one death. With commercial labs being the primary testing option for most Pennsylvanians, data is not available on the total number of tests pending.

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