DAILY UPDATE: May 15, 2020 1 PM

STATE: Pennsylvania COVID-19 Statistics
per Pennsylvania Department of Health
Data updated as of 12:00pm on 5/15/2020

Total Cases1 Negative Tests Deaths
60,622 259,210 4,342

Total case counts include confirmed and probable cases.


STATE: Cases by Age Range to Date
per Pennsylvania Department of Health

Data updated as of 12:00pm on 5/15/2020

Age Range Cases
0-4 <1%
5-12 <1%
13-18 1%
19-24 6%
25-49 37%
50-64 26%
65+ 28%


STATE: Hospitalization Rates by Age Range to Date
per Pennsylvania Department of Health
Data updated as of 12:00pm on 5/15/2020

Age Range Cases
0-29 2%
30-49 5%
50-64 10%
65-79 20%
80+ 19%


REGIONAL: COVID-19 cases by county to Date
per Pennsylvania Department of Health
Data updated as of 12:00pm on 5/15/2020

County Positive Cases Negative Tests Deaths New cases since 5/14 New deaths since 5/14
10-County Region 3,179 42,715 289 +43 +4
Allegheny 1,582 21,626 141 +31 +2
Armstrong 57 955 5 +1
Beaver 516 2,663 83 +4 +1
Butler 202 2,958 6 +3
Fayette 87 2,370 4
Greene 27 567 1
Indiana 84 956 6 +2 +1
Lawrence 72 960 7 +1
Washington 129 2,989 4
Westmoreland 423 6,671 32 +1


REGIONAL: COVID-19 Cases Associated with
Nursing Homes and Personal Care Homes to Date
per Pennsylvania Department of Health
Data updated as of 12:00pm on 5/15/2020

County Facilities with Cases Cases Among Residents Cases Among Employees
Regional 65 908 191
Allegheny 36 393 109
Armstrong 1 5 6
Beaver 3 340 26
Butler 6 13 10
Fayette 1 3
Indiana 4 14 2
Lawrence 2 2
Washington 3 6 2
Westmoreland 9 134 34


State Coronavirus Updates

  • 14.2020 Updates from Secretary of Health Dr. Levine
    • As of 12 am Thursday May 14, there were 938 new positive cases; 59,636 positive cases now statewide in all 67 counties
    • 4,217 of the total count are healthcare workers
    • 1,922 employees tested positive and 12,677 among residents are positive for a total of 14,999 in 549 nursing homes and/or long-term living facilities.
    • 4,218 deaths are adults who tested positive.
  • Wolf Administration Launches LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Program to Ease Utility Costs for Pennsylvanians Affected by COVID-19 Crisis: Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller announced a Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Recovery Crisis Program to help Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Beginning in May, DHS will work with utility companies and deliverable fuel vendors to help Pennsylvanians at risk of losing access to electric, natural gas, or deliverable fuels such as oil, pay utility bills, and maintain access to home energy services. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020051465.HTM
  • Yellow Phase Orders Updated to Include 13 Additional Counties Moving on May 15: The yellow phase orders were amended to include 13 counties moving to the yellow phase at 12:01 a.m. May 15. Those counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020051465.HTM
  • Pennsylvania’s Second Annual 1-4-3 Day Takes on New Meaning during COVID-19 Crisis: Governor Tom Wolf proclaimed Friday, May 22, the 143rd day of the year, as 1-4-3 Day, a statewide day of kindness in honor of Pennsylvania native Fred Rogers. Fred Rogers, best known from his beloved television series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, exemplified compassion and regularly used 1-4-3 as another way of saying “I love you,” with 1-4-3 representing the number of letters in each word. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020051582.HTM
  • Governor Wolf Announces New Funding for Agriculture, Business Development Projects: Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of four projects through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) that will spur economic development, create jobs, and support Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020051575.HTM
  • Limited Services Available at Additional PennDOT Driver License and Photo License Centers in Yellow Phase Counties: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that beginning May 15, 2020, additional Driver License and Photo License Centers in yellow phase counties will reopen, adhering to restrictions on work and social interaction set by Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020051450.HTM
  • Pa Leads Nation in Local Government Revenue Loss Due To Pandemic: According to a recent analysis by the National League of Cities, Pennsylvania leads the nation in a very dubious category — local government revenue loss due to the pandemic.  Cities, boroughs, towns and townships across the Commonwealth will sustain an overall loss of $6 billion representing 40% of local revenues. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020051573.HTM


Regional Coronavirus Updates

  • Allegheny County
    • The Allegheny Parks Department announced Friday May 15 that it is closing pools and spray parks this summer due to continuing coronavirus restrictions.  Boyce Park Wave Pool, Deer Lakes Spray Park, North Park Swimming Pool, Round Hill Spray Park, Settlers Cabin Park Wave Pool, and South Park Wave Pool will be closed this summer. Outdoor facility rentals are permitted starting on Saturday. However, renters and guests must follow all guidelines issued by the CDC, PA Department of Health and Allegheny County Health Department. North Park and South Park golf courses are open.
    • County Parks will begin offering physically distanced programming with limited participants starting Monday May 18, including youth mountain biking, outdoor yoga, bike riding lessons, FIT4MOM exercise groups, nature programs and more. A complete list is available on the parks activities website.  Allegheny County’s nine parks are also open.
  • Port Authority of Allegheny County
    • The Port Authority of Allegheny County announced many bus routes will go back to regular weekday schedules starting Monday May 18, stating an additional 32 routes, including all three light-rail lines, will continue to operate on reduced service schedules while the authority’s service development team monitors ridership levels. Adjustments will be made when necessary. Safety measures such as disinfecting vehicles and stations daily, asking riders to wear masks while on board vehicles and visiting the Downtown service center and rear-door boarding will also continue until further notice.  However, weekend services have not changed.
  • City of Pittsburgh
    • The City of Pittsburgh is announcing how summertime activities will be impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  While many activities will be allowed, others will be canceled or postponed. All decisions follow federal and state guidelines. The following is a list of permitted and non-permitted activities, with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, at https://pittsburghpa.gov/press-releases/press-releases.html?id=3956.  Large group events that cannot comply safely with social distancing will not be allowed. They include: July 4 fireworks; City-sponsored concerts; 5Ks, the Great Race and other races (though they can be held virtually); Summer Camps; Citiparks summer youth baseball; Summer Line Dancing; and Pistons in the Park.  Playgrounds, park shelters and spray parks remain closed until further notice.
    • The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announced new plans to resume daily and weekend masses starting in June. The diocese said it plans on restarting daily in-person masses on June 1. The diocese also has the “goal” of resuming weekend masses the next weekend — June 6 and June 7. In the meantime, funerals and weddings will be limited to 25 people during the yellow phase. Masses will continue to be live-streamed.
  • Beaver County
    • After not being included in a list of counties set to reopen Friday May 15, Beaver County will move to the yellow phase next week, according to state Rep. Aaron Bernstine, R-Beaver. According to a post on Bernstine’s Facebook page, the county will begin reopening Friday May 22. According to state data, the county had 512 cases and 82 deaths as of Thursday. Beaver County is home to Brighton Rehab, which was hit hard by the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. While specific numbers of cases and deaths at the facility have not been released, 75 deaths came from nursing homes or personal care facilities in the county, according to the state data.
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania
    • Most counties in the Pittsburgh region have now been placed in what Gov. Tom Wolf classifies as the “yellow phase” of reopening efforts which lifts stay-home orders that have been in place since late March. Wolf made the announcement of this transition last week and is expected to announce today which additional counties will see the transition to yellow in the days ahead. As a result of the transition, more businesses beyond what the state classifies as life-sustaining will now be able to reopen so long as physical distancing and sanitation guidelines are followed. Attorneys at Pittsburgh’s biggest law firms are advising caution as a result of the transition and have differing viewpoints on what returning to the office will look like. Employment lawyers are recommending that a plan must be implemented in the event someone is exposed to COVID-19 for businesses wishing to restart operations. Disinfecting high-touch areas and preventing large groups from entering or leaving at the same time are among just some of their other suggestions.


Federal Coronavirus Updates

  • United States House of Representatives
    • The U.S. House of Representatives is set on Friday to debate and vote on a $3 trillion Democratic bill aimed at salving the heavy human and economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic that has caused almost 85,000 U.S. deaths and shut much of the economy. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats crafted the far-reaching legislation that Senate Republicans have promised will be “dead on arrival” in their chamber. The House measure includes $500 billion in aid to state governments, another round of direct payments to individuals and families to help stimulate the ailing economy, and hazard pay to healthcare workers and others on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. If passed, it would double the amount of spending that Congress has authorized since March to fight the coronavirus. The White House has threatened to veto, but the president has left the door open to additional measures in the future to spur the economy, including direct aid to Americans.
  • United State Senate
    • The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will step down while an insider trading inquiry is carried out. Richard Burr of North Carolina said he had decided to do so because he did not want the investigation to distract the committee from its work. Mr. Burr’s phone has been seized by the FBI as part of the inquiry. The senator, who denies wrongdoing, allegedly used inside information to avoid market losses from coronavirus.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • With hundreds of millions of people still seeking advice on resuming their lives safely, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued six pages of recommendations Thursday to guide schools, businesses, day-care facilities and others into the next phase of the coronavirus pandemic. The six checklists — which also address restaurants, mass transit and camps — come days, and in some cases weeks, after many states have begun to lift restrictions on their own. The advice is less detailed than draft recommendations the agency sent to the White House for review last month. The nation is still awaiting that detailed technical guidance, which the White House has held up and not shared publicly. The delay has left the responsibility for decision-making about reopening to states and localities. It has also left many health experts clamoring for greater transparency.


National Coronavirus Updates

According to CNN, as of 1:00 pm on Friday, May 15, 2020, there are 86,228 coronavirus-related deaths and 1,426,716 total positive cases in the United States.