Berks coronavirus cases rise by 3; state’s cases jump by 643

Berks County’s coronavirus case count rose by 3 to 68, according to numbers released by Pennsylvania on Sunday afternoon.

Positive COVID-19 cases across the state rose by 643 to 3,394. That’s up from 533 additional cases on Saturday and 531 on Friday. Four additional deaths were reported, bringing the state’s total to 38. There are still no deaths reported in Berks.

State testing has been negative in 30,061 instances.

The state does not provide the numbers of patients who have recovered. The state also does not specify the municipality of a COVID-19 victim. County health departments could do that but Berks does not have such a department.

Earlier Sunday, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert warned that millions of Americans will be infected by the coronavirus and 100,000 to 200,000 will die.

The dire prediction came from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union.” As of Sunday afternoon, the U.S. had over 132,000 infections and over 2,300 deaths.

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