Lebanon County has now seen 232 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, a jump of 14 cases compared to figures published Friday.
The updated count was released around noon Saturday as the Pennsylvania Department of Health has been doing daily since last month.
The current statewide positive count is 21,655, with 494 deaths. The state has recorded 98,498 negative tests.
On Friday, the state announced that Lebanon County had seen its first death from COVID-19. Lebanon County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Yocum told state Rep. Russ Diamond (R-102) in a video posted to Facebook that the deceased was a sixty-something male. The Lebanon Daily News reported that the death occurred at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon.
As far as neighboring counties:
- Berks County – 930 cases, 19 deaths
- Dauphin County – 213 cases, three deaths
- Lancaster County – 698 cases, 23 deaths
- Schuylkill County – 179 cases, two deaths
Here’s how Lebanon County stacks up to neighboring counties on a per capita basis, using the Census Bureau’s 2019 population estimates.
- Berks County – 0.22% (421,164 population)
- Dauphin County – 0.08% (278,299 population)
- Lancaster County – 0.13% (545,724 population)
- Lebanon County – 0.16% (141,793 population)
- Schuylkill County – 0.13% (141,359 population)
For context, Philadelphia is currently at 0.38% with 6,022 cases and a population of 1,584,064 and Lehigh County is at 0.44% with 1,620 cases and a population of 369,318.
Here’s how Lebanon County’s confirmed case count has grown over the past few weeks.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health does not release municipality-level or other demographic attributes of confirmed cases to either the public or to Lebanon County administration.
Here is a chart maintained by the Pennsylvania Capital-Star which shows how total tests across the state compare to positive tests.
The state does not track, at least publicly, the total number of tests at the county level.
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