DAILY UPDATE: May 20, 2020 1 PM

STATE: Pennsylvania COVID-19 Statistics
per Pennsylvania Department of Health
Data updated as of 12:00pm on 5/20/2020

Total Cases1 Negative Tests Deaths
64,412 293,244 4,767

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 5/20/2020

Age Range Cases
0-4 <1%
5-12 <1%
13-18 2%
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 5/20/2020

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 5/20/2020

County Positive Cases Negative Tests Deaths New cases since 5/19 New Deaths since 5/19
10-County Region 3,333 47,766 290 +38 +2
Allegheny 1,687 24,154 147 +29 +2
Armstrong 58 1,064 2
Beaver 539 2,897 70 +5
Butler 208 3,187 12 +2
Fayette 93 2,670 4 +1
Greene 27 645
Indiana 86 1,051 4
Lawrence 73 1,056 8
Washington 130 3,469 5
Westmoreland 432 7,573 38 +1


State Coronavirus Updates

  • 19.2020 Updates from Secretary of Health Dr. Levine
    • As of 12 am Tuesday May 19, there were 610 new positive cases; 63,666 positive cases now statewide in all 67 counties
    • 4,600 of the total count are healthcare workers
    • 2,191 employees tested positive and 13,813 among residents are positive for a total of16,003  in 557 nursing homes and/or long-term living facilities
    • 4,624 deaths are adults who tested positive; however, we have had one pediatric death who died in Pennsylvania but the child was not a Pennsylvania resident.
  • Governor Wolf: PA Food Distributors Receive $50 Million for Farmers to Families Food Boxes: Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania food distributors will receive more than $50 million of$1.2 billion in funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box program. Money will fund the purchase of surplus milk and other dairy products, as well as chicken, pork and fresh produce from Pennsylvania farmers who lost markets for their products due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Distributors will work with food banks and other non-profit organizations statewide to get food boxes to PA families who are facing food insecurity. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020051966.HTM
  • Governor Wolf Announces Real Estate Industry May Conduct Limited Business Transactions Statewide: Governor Tom Wolf vetoed three bills related to the state’s response to COVID-19 that violate the separation of powers and make other changes that go against the administration’s measured plan for reopening the state safely. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020051967.HTM
  • Wolf Vetoes SB 327, HB 2388 and HB 2412: 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/2020/2020051968.HTM
  • Uninsured Pennsylvanians Can Access Free Coronavirus Testing During COVID-19 Crisis, Addressing Task Force Findings: Pennsylvanians who don’t have health insurance can be tested for the novel coronavirus free of charge, addressing a concern identified by the Pennsylvania COVID-19 Response Task Force on Health Disparity chaired by Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020052080.HTM
  • Wolf Administration Receives Approval to Launch Online Grocery Purchasing for SNAP Recipients During COVID-19 Crisis: The Wolf Administration received approval from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow Pennsylvania to join the pilot program that lets recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, purchase groceries online through participating retailers. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020052073.HTM


Regional Coronavirus Updates

  • Allegheny County Voting
    • Convening for one last public board meeting before Pennsylvania’s primary contests in two weeks, Allegheny County officials gave insight Tuesday into the difficulties facing their elections division as it processes a backlog of thousands of mail-in ballot applications and prepares for in-person voting in the midst of a pandemic. Officials insisted that staffers in the elections division are working around the clock — three crews manning three shifts — to send mail-in ballots to voters in a timely manner, but confirmed that about 80,000 ballots are still waiting to be sent. As those sit in the queue, applications continue to stream into the office every day — adding to the more than 225,000 applications it has received so far and the 189,000 it’s processed, officials said.


Federal Coronavirus Updates

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly released more detailed guidance for schools, businesses, transit systems and other industries hoping to reopen safely amid the coronavirus pandemic after fear that the White House had shelved the guidelines. The 60-page document adds great detail to six charts that the C.D.C. had released last week. The guidance provides specific instructions for different sectors to detect and trace the virus based on exposure and risk after the pandemic:
      • If a person in a school building tests positive, schools should evaluate the risk and consider a brief dismissal of about 2-5 days, to clean and disinfect the building, coordinate with local health officials and contact trace. The C.D.C. offers different measures based on the level of community spread.
      • As restrictions across the country on restaurants and bars ease, the C.D.C. recommends owners give workers at a higher risk of getting sick a job that limits the person’s interaction with customers. The agency also suggests opening with limited seating initially to allow for social distancing. Once fully reopened, the C.D.C. recommends having a clear policy about when employees should stay home if sick and rules on hygiene, including at times wearing face coverings.
      • When mass transit resumes its full service, the agency recommends being prepared to adjust routes based on the different levels of virus spread and to coordinate with local health officials about prevention strategies, such as wearing a face covering.
      • For businesses that provide child care during the pandemic, the C.D.C. recommends having plans in place, for example, to have substitute workers if staff members are sick, and requiring staff and children older than two to wear face coverings.
    • The guidance describes the balance of slowing the virus’s spread with the economic threat of shuttering most businesses, and largely mirrors a draft version that was previously shelved by the White House, but with some changes. The document omits a section on “communities of faith” that had troubled Trump administration officials and also tones down the guidance in several instances. For example, language that initially directed schools to “ensure social distancing” became “promote social distancing,” and the phrase “if possible” was added in several sentences.


National Coronavirus Updates

  • According to CNN, as of 12:45 pm on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, there are 92,149 coronavirus-related deaths and 1,532,974 total positive cases in the United States.