DAILY UPDATE: May 19, 2020 1 PM

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

Total Cases1 Negative Tests Deaths
63,666 286,034 4,624

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 5/19/2020

Age Range Cases
0-4 <1%
5-12 <1%
13-18 1%
19-24 6%
25-49 37%
50-64 26%
65+ 29%


STATE: Hospitalization Rates by Age Range to Date
per Pennsylvania Department of Health
Data updated as of 12:00pm on 5/19/2020

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 5/19/2020

County Positive Cases Negative Tests Deaths New cases since 5/18 New Deaths since 5/18
10-County Region 3,295 46,404 288 +21 +3
Allegheny 1,658 23,485 145 +17 +2
Armstrong 58 997 2
Beaver 534 2,809 70 +1
Butler 206 3,117 12 +3
Fayette 92 2,619 4 +1
Greene 27 621
Indiana 86 1,032 4 +2
Lawrence 73 1,025 8 +1
Washington 130 3,265 5 NA +1
Westmoreland 431 7,434 38 NA


Pennsylvania Department of Health did not report deaths on Tuesday, May 19


State Coronavirus Updates

  • 5.18.2020 Updates from Secretary of Health Dr. Levine
    • As of 12 am Monday May 18, there were 822 new positive cases;  63,056 positive cases now statewide in all 67 counties
    • 4,479 of the total count are healthcare workers
    • 2,111 employees tested positive and 13,626 among residents are positive for a total 15,737 in 561 nursing homes and/or long-term living facilities
    • 432 are in the food industry in 159 facilities
    • 4,505 deaths are adults who tested positive.
  • Wolf Stresses Roles of PA Emergency Management Agency, National Guard in Pandemic Response: When it comes to a crisis, preparedness is everything, and Governor Tom Wolf stressed the critical roles the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and PA National Guard play in coordinating the state’s preparedness and response to COVID-19. He was joined at a press conference by PEMA director Randy Padfield and PA National Guard Colonel Frank Montgomery. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020051871.HTM
  • Wolf, Treasurer Torsella Announce Property Tax/Rent Rebates Arriving Early to Help Seniors, Others During COVID-19 Pandemic: Governor Tom Wolf and Treasurer Joe Torsella announced that many older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities will receive early rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Rebates are typically issued starting July 1, but the governor and treasurer are issuing the rebates starting tomorrow Wednesday May 20 to approved applicants. The governor also signed HB 1076, which authorizes the early distribution. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020051984.HTM
  • Department of Health Announces CDC Teams to Assist in Pennsylvania COVID-19 Response: Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has sent three teams to Pennsylvania to assist with the COVID-19 response. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020051999.HTM
  • Pa. gets $300 million for coronavirus testing that Trump administration calls ‘essential to a safe reopening’: Pennsylvania will receive $301 million to expand its ability to test for the new coronavirus, federal officials said Tuesday May 19. Read more: https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/pa-gets-300-million-for-coronavirus-testing-which-trump-administration-calls-essential-to-a-safe-reopening.html


Regional Coronavirus Updates

  • Allegheny County Health Department
    • Of the 1,658 cases in Allegheny County, 1,569 are confirmed and 89 are probable cases. Additionally, there are 304 past or present hospitalizations (+10). According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, 408 residents and 113 staff members at 37 long-term care facilities in Allegheny County have tested positive for COVID-19.  Of 144 deaths to date, 133 are confirmed (had positive test) and 11 are probable. All deaths are of individuals ranging in age from 42-103, with 84 being the median age of those who have died.
  • City of Pittsburgh
    • Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday May 19 again extended the city’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration for another week. The body must vote every seven days to keep the declaration in effect. The state of emergency, allowed under state law, allows the city to cancel or limit large gatherings, limit city permits, cancel or limit some city services, and cancel or limit public and private activities that could increase exposure or transmission of disease.
  • Beaver County
    • The Pennsylvania National Guard on Tuesday May 19 will send home the 40 troops who have spent the past week assisting employees at a Beaver County nursing home enduring the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the state. Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine and guard officials said much was accomplished by the troops, who will have worked eight straight days by Tuesday. They helped care for patients, cleaned the building and freed up staff to work more closely with residents at the 589-bed Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center nursing home, which has had 349 COVID-19 cases among residents, 25 among staff and 76 resident deaths as of Monday, according to an analysis of state data. But neither the state nor the guard or nursing home could say exactly what was accomplished over the past week that is leading to them leaving so soon when other guard deployments to nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic have lasted longer.


Federal Coronavirus Updates

  • White House
    • President Trump told the director-general of the World Health Organization that the United States would permanently end all funding to the organization if it did not “commit to substantive improvements within the next 30 days,” according to a copy of a letter he posted to Twitter late Monday night. Mr. Trump’s letter came after the first day of a W.H.O. meeting that was intended to chart a course forward in the pandemic fight. The forum, which Mr. Trump declined to address, will conclude today. Mr. Trump also wrote on Monday that the United States would reconsider its membership in the W.H.O. because it was “so clearly not serving America’s interests.” Last year, the United States contributed about $553 million of the W.H.O.’s $6 billion budget, with China providing $43 million. Before Mr. Trump posted his letter, President Xi Jinping of China offered to provide $2 billion in the fight against the pandemic and called on other nations to increase their contributions to the W.H.O. Mr. Trump had halted the U.S. contribution to the W.H.O. last month, accusing it of promoting disinformation from China about the outbreak. The organization has denied the claims and insisted that it was transparent and open.
  • Treasury Department
    • As the United States plunges into the worst economic downturn in decades, there is growing concern that the Treasury and the Federal Reserve are being too timid and halting in their approach as they scramble to rescue the economy. Whether they are being assertive enough will be front and center on today when the Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, and the Federal Reserve chair, Jerome H. Powell, testify before the Senate Banking Committee on the programs for the first time. Lawmakers have begun warning the Fed and Treasury that they may fall short of congressional intent by being too risk averse and designing programs that could exclude borrowers in desperate need of help. On Monday, a report from the congressional commission overseeing the Fed and Treasury’s efforts pointed out that most of the $500 billion that Congress allocated in March to the Treasury to support businesses and local governments had yet to be used and raised questions about how the rescue programs would work. The Treasury Department has yet to extend any of the $46 billion it was given to support airlines and national security-related companies and the Fed, whose newer and riskier lending programs are meant to be backstopped with the remaining $454 billion, has just one such program underway.


National Coronavirus Updates

  • According to CNN, as of 10:45 am on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, there are 90,432 coronavirus-related deaths and 1,510,988 total positive cases in the United States.