DAILY UPDATE: May 8, 2020 1 PM


STATE: Pennsylvania COVID-19 Statistics
per Pennsylvania Department of Health
Data updated as of 12:00pm on 5/8/2020

Total Cases1 Negative Tests Deaths
54,238 216,231 3,616

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 5/8/2020

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 5/8/2020

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 5/8/2020

County Positive Cases Negative Tests Deaths New cases since 5/7 New deaths since 5/7
10-County Region 2,970 37,421 257 +28 +3
Allegheny 1,455 18,913 119 +16 +2
Armstrong 55 819 3
Beaver 479 2,380 78 +7
Butler 192 2,695 6 +2
Fayette 84 2,130 4
Greene 27 511 1
Indiana 75 860 5
Lawrence 69 873 7
Washington 121 2,595 4 +1
Westmoreland 413 5,645 30 +2 +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 5/8/2020

County Facilities with Cases Cases Among Residents Cases Among Employees
Regional 66 826 176
Allegheny 37 341 103
Armstrong 1 5 5
Beaver 3 314 22
Butler 6 13 10
Fayette 1 3
Indiana 4 13 2
Lawrence 2 2
Washington 3 6 2
Westmoreland 9 131 30



State Coronavirus Updates

  • Wolf, Sec. of Health Take Actions on Stay-at-Home Orders, Issue Yellow Phase Orders: With the April 1 statewide stay-at-home orders expiring at midnight, Thursday May 7, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine extended the orders for all counties in red, and signed new orders for the 24 counties moving to yellow at 12:01 a.m., May 8. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-sec-of-health-take-actions-on-stay-at-home-orders-issue-yellow-phase-orders/.
  • Human Services Launches Emergency Assistance Program to Help Low-Income Families Amidst COVID-19: Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today Friday, May 8 announced an Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) to help low-income families who lost wages experiencing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Families who qualify will be eligible for a one-time payment to assist them in meeting basic needs and help them secure more stable financial footing in the future. Read more: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020050882.HTM.


Regional Coronavirus Updates

  • Allegheny County Health Department
    • Of the 1,455 cases in Allegheny County, 1,390 are confirmed cases and 16 are probable cases. Additionally, there are 259 past or present hospitalizations (+5). To date, there have also been 119 deaths (+2). Of those, 109 are confirmed (had positive test) and 10 are probable. All deaths are of individuals ranging in age from 42-103, with 84 being the median age of those who have died.
  • Extended Stay-Home Order
    • Tom Wolf on Thursday night extended the stay-home order for all but the 24 Pennsylvania counties that he previously identified as moving to fewer restrictions, but also promised an announcement Friday on additional counties that would be allowed to partially reopen. The original April 1 stay-at-home will be extended to June 4 after it was set to expire Friday May 8 for the counties that remain in red, which includes southwestern Pennsylvania.


National Coronavirus Updates

  • According to CNN, as of 12:45 pm on Friday, May 8, 2020, there are 76,032 coronavirus-related deaths and 1,263,052 total positive cases in the United States.
  • The Labor Department said Friday that the economy shed more than 20.5 million jobs in April, sending the unemployment rate to 14.7 percent as the coronavirus pandemic took a devastating toll. The damage is the worst since the Great Depression, far exceeding the 8.7 million jobs lost in the last recession, when unemployment peaked at 10 percent in October 2009. The only comparable period is when unemployment reached about 25 percent in 1933, before the government began publishing official statistics. Most forecasters expect the unemployment rate to remain elevated at least through 2021, and probably longer. That means that it will be years before workers enjoy the bargaining power that was beginning to bring them faster wage gains and better benefits before the crisis. But in an interview on “Fox & Friends” on Friday, President Trump predicted the economy would come roaring back after the “artificial” closing. “Those jobs will all be back and they’ll be back very soon,” Mr. Trump said, “and next year we’re going to have a phenomenal year.” Low-wage workers, including many women and members of racial and ethnic minorities, have been hit especially hard. Many service jobs are impossible to do remotely and have been eliminated, and some workers have risked their health by staying on the job.
  • The novel coronavirus will be with us for a rather long time. A single round of social distancing — closing schools and workplaces, limiting the sizes of gatherings, lockdowns of varying intensities and durations — will not be sufficient in the long term. The pandemic wave will be with us for the foreseeable future before it diminishes. But, depending on one’s geographic location and the policies in place, it will exhibit variegated dimensions and dynamics traveling through time and space. Dr. Marc Lipsitch is a co-author of two recent analyses that describe a variety of shapes the pandemic wave might take in the coming months. Whichever reality materializes (assuming ongoing mitigation measures, as we await a vaccine), “we must be prepared for at least another 18 to 24 months of significant COVID-19 activity, with hot spots popping up periodically in diverse geographic areas.”
    • Scenario No. 1 depicts an initial wave of cases — the current one — followed by a consistently bumpy ride of “peaks and valleys” that will gradually diminish over a year or two.
    • Scenario No. 2 supposes that the current wave will be followed by a larger “fall peak,” or perhaps a winter peak, with subsequent smaller waves thereafter, similar to what transpired during the 1918-1919 flu pandemic.
    • Scenario No. 3 shows an intense spring peak followed by a “slow burn” with less-pronounced ups and downs.