DAILY UPDATE: May 22, 2020 1 PM

STATE: Pennsylvania COVID-19 Statistics
per Pennsylvania Department of Health
Data updated as of 12:00pm on 5/22/2020

Total Cases 1 Negative Tests 2 Total Deaths Recovered 3
66,258 312,743 4,984 57%


1 Total case counts include confirmed and probable cases.
2 Negative case data only includes negative PCR tests. Negative case data does not include negative antibody tests.
3 Individuals who have recovered is determined using a calculation, similar to what is being done by several other states. If a case has not been reported as a death, and it is more than 30 days past the date of their first positive test (or onset of symptoms) then an individual is considered recovered.


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

Data updated as of 12:00pm on 5/22/2020

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 5/22/2020

Age Range Cases
​0-4 ​< 1%
5-12 ​< 1%
13-18 ​< 1%
19-24 1%
25-49 16%
50-64 26%
65+ 57%


REGIONAL: COVID-19 cases by county to Date
per Pennsylvania Department of Health
Data updated as of 12:00pm on 5/22/2020

County Positive Cases Negative Tests Deaths New cases since 5/20 New deaths since 5/20
10-County Region 3,408 50,480 298 39 6
Allegheny 1,739 25,517 154 21 6
Armstrong 58 1,099 2
Beaver 550 3,122 71 11
Butler 209 3,325 12
Fayette 93 2,797 4
Greene 27 688
Indiana 89 1,103 4 1
Lawrence 73 1,115 8
Washington 134 3,713 5 4
Westmoreland 436 8,001 38 2


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 5/22/2020

County Facilities with Cases Cases Among Residents Cases Among Employees
Regional 66 926 153
Allegheny 37 405 91
Armstrong 1 6 6
Beaver 3 361 25
Butler 6 6 8
Fayette 1 * *
Indiana 4 15 *
Lawrence 2 * *
Washington 3 * *
Westmoreland 9 133 23


* less than 5 cases


State Coronavirus Updates

  • 21.2020 Updates from Secretary of Health Dr. Levine
    • As of 12 am Thursday May 21, there were 980 new positive cases;  65,392 positive cases now statewide in all 67 counties
    • 4,871 of the total count are healthcare workers
    • 4,869 deaths are adults who tested positive
  • Yellow Phase Orders Updated to Include 12 Additional Counties Moving on May 22: The yellow phase orders were amended to include 12 counties moving to the yellow phase at 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 22. Those counties include Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, and York. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020052298.HTM
  • Wolf Modifies Executive Order on Foreclosure and Eviction Suspensions: Gov. Tom Wolf amended his executive order protecting Pennsylvanians from foreclosure and eviction to specify that the order only applies to evictions and foreclosures enacted due to lack of payment or because a tenant has overstayed a lease. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020052299.HTM
  • Attorney General Shapiro Urges Congress to Expand High Speed Internet Access: Attorney General Josh Shapiro has joined a bipartisan group of 39 Attorneys General in urging Congress to help ensure that all Americans, especially those in rural communities, have the home internet connectivity necessary to participate in telemedicine, teleschooling, and telework as part of any additional legislation that provides relief and recovery resources related to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020052282.HTM
  • Department of Corrections Announces Demobilization Plans: Department of Corrections Sec. John Wetzel today Friday May 22 announced that, beginning May 26, the DOC will begin the demobilization (or reopening) process for state prisons and will use a system of five levels that is guided by the governor’s statewide reopening plans. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020052283.HTM
  • Amtrak announces re-opening of some Pa. service, with new safety guidelines: Amtrak has announced that two of its rail lines will be opened once more starting on June 1. The announcement states that the Pennsylvanian (New York – Philadelphia – Pittsburgh) and Keystone (New York – Philadelphia – Harrisburg) services will be restored, though operating on modified schedules. Read more: https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/05/amtrak-announces-re-opening-of-some-pa-service-with-new-safety-guidelines.html


Regional Coronavirus Updates

  • Allegheny County Health Department
    • Of the 1,739 cases, 1,641 are confirmed and 98 are probable cases. Additionally, there are 314 past or present hospitalizations (+1). All deaths are of individuals ranging in age from 42-103, with 84 being the median age of those who have died.
  • Allegheny County Taxes
    • Facing a pandemic-driven steep loss of sales tax revenue, local libraries, museums, arts and culture groups and more, will soon feel a serious budget hit. Board members of the Allegheny County Regional Asset District voted unanimously to approve a 20% across-the-board reduction for all 2020 grantees starting June. “We are very conscious of the difficulties that all of our assets are in, from the libraries, to the museums, to the Cultural Trust, to the ballet … we understand it. The smaller assets, I think, are feeling this especially acutely,” said Dusty Elias Kirk, RAD board chairperson, during the meeting. With the proceeds from half of a 1% sales tax in Allegheny County, RAD funds a vast array of organizations and nonprofits — 46 different local library systems including the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, arts and cultural organizations, museums such as the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and Children’s Museum, regional parks, and transit.


Federal Coronavirus Updates

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • The coronavirus primarily spreads from person to person and not easily from a contaminated surface. That is the takeaway from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which this month updated its “How COVID-19 Spreads” website. The revised guidance now states, in headline-size type, “The virus spreads easily between people.” It also notes that the coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, “is spreading very easily and sustainably between people.” The CDC made another key change to its website, clarifying what sources are not major risks. Under the new heading “The virus does not spread easily in other ways,” the agency explains that touching contaminated objects or surfaces does not appear to be a significant mode of transmission. The same is true for exposure to infected animals. The virus travels through the droplets a person produces when talking or coughing, the CDC website says. An individual does not need to feel sick or show symptoms to spread the submicroscopic virus. Close contact means within about six feet, the distance at which a sneeze flings heavy droplets.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
    • For decades, the backbone of the nation’s disaster response system — and a hallmark of American generosity — has been its army of volunteers who race toward danger to help shelter, feed and counsel victims of hurricanes, wildfires and other calamities. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a critical weakness in this system: Most volunteers are older people at higher risk from the virus, so this year they can’t participate in person. Typically more than five million volunteers work in disaster relief annually, said Greg Forrester, president of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, an association of nonprofit groups, but this year he expects the number to decline by 50 percent. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is running short of highly trained personnel as the virus depletes its staff. Longstanding procedures for sheltering victims in gymnasiums or other crowded spaces suddenly are dangerous because they risk worsening the pandemic. And traditional agreements among states to help each other if crisis strikes are now sputtering as states remain wary of exposing their own people to the virus. It amounts to one of the most severe tests in decades for a system designed to respond to local or regional storms or other disasters — not a crisis on a national scale. Yet FEMA has been forced to take a primary role in COVID-19.


National Coronavirus Updates

  • According to CNN, as of 1:00 pm on Friday, May 22, 2020, there are 95,276 coronavirus-related deaths and 1,588,322 total positive cases in the United States.