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HARRISBURG — Lawrence County added five new positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the Pa. Department of Health reported.

Lawrence County now has 99 positive cases and nine deaths. Negative tests increased to 2,371.

Statewide, the health department confirmed another 579 new positive cases on Thursday and 39 new deaths. That brings the totals to 83,770 cases and 6,557 deaths.

“As we move closer to having the entire state in the green phase, we must remain committed to protecting against COVID-19,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvania has been a model for the country on how to reopen effectively using a careful, measured approach. However, the virus has not gone away. Each of us has a responsibility to continue to protect ourselves, our loved ones and others by wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and washing our hands frequently. Together we can protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our essential workers and our healthcare system.”

Mask wearing is required in all businesses in yellow and green phases of reopening. Consistent mask wearing, even in counties in the green phase, could have lasting benefits as a COVID-19 surge is possible this fall, the health department said.

There are 632 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. There are 621,031 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

Nearly 1 percent are ages 0-4;

1 percent are ages 5-12;

2 percent are ages 13-18;

Nearly 7 percent are ages 19-24;

Nearly 37 percent are ages 25-49;

Nearly 25 percent are ages 50-64; and

Nearly 28 percent are ages 65 or older.

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 17,454 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,123 cases among employees, for a total of 20,577 at 676 distinct facilities in 50 counties. Out of the total deaths, 4,471 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 6,341 of the total cases are in health care workers.

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