50% of City of Reading residents testing positive for Coronavirus

 

Reading, PA – According to data provided by the state of Pennsylvania, residents of many of the City of Reading’s zip codes are testing positive for COVID-19 at al alarming rate of 50%.

Data from health.pa.gov reveals that the City of Reading zip codes 19601, 19602, 19604 and 19611 are showing some of the highest positive rates in the state of Pennsylvania. 

The PA Dept of Health is reporting that City of Reading zip code 19604 is reporting the most alarming

COVID-19 testing statistics from health.pa.gov

results within Berks County with 556 residents testing positive for COVID-19 and 577 residents testing negative. The PA Dept of Health is also reporting 22 probable cases for the 19604 zip code which brings the number of COVID-19 positive cases to 578, one more than all tests that came back negative. These astounding test results bring the percentage of people testing positive in the 19604 zip code to just over 50%. 

Zip Code 19611 is also reporting similarly high positive results with 238 positive test results and 245 negative COVID-19 cases. Zip Code 19611, which stretches into the Millmont and 18th Ward District areas is reporting positive COVID-19 results at a rate of 49.2%. 

Te heart of the city is also reporting alarming results with Zip Code 19601 having the most positive test results within Berks County and reporting positive results in 45.3% of tests. The 19601 zip code is reporting 633 positive results, 23 probable positives, and 793 negative tests.  The Southside of Reading which includes zip code 19602 is reporting 330 positive tests and 440 negative test results for a positive testing rate of 42.8%. 

Data from the PA Dept of Health seems to reveal that more rural areas such as Hamburg’s 19526 have been spared with only 45 positive test results and 201 negative COVID-19 tests. There has been no information provided as to why Hamburg’s 19526 zip code is reporting an infection rate of 18.3%, less than half the 50% rate being reported in some of the city of Reading’s zip codes. 

Data suggests that the Spring Township zip code of 19608 is struggling with an unusually high infection rate among its residents with an infection rate of 41%. 19608 has reported 252 positive test results with 361 results coming back negative for COVID-19. The 41% infection rate for Spring Township is unusually high with no other rural zip code in Berks County reporting higher than a 33% positive rate.

 

*All statistics were acquired from the PA Department of Health website at health.pa.gov.

How coronavirus attacks the entire body — damaging the brain, kidneys and more

 

While the coronavirus is known to cause deadly respiratory problems, research is now showing the multitude of ways the disease can ravage the entire body.

Through a growing number of studies, reports and doctor’s experiences, the deadly virus has been linked to issues in everything from the brain to the toes.

Here is a breakdown of the ways COVID-19 can affect different parts of the body:

Eyes
The coronavirus has been observed to turn eyes red, causing pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, in some patients.

Physicians have suggested that the condition develops in the severely ill and one study of 38 hospitalized patients in Hubei, China, found that a third had pinkeye.

Brain
Neurological symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, impaired consciousness, skeletal-muscle injuries have been documented among cases.

Chinese doctors in April published a study on nervous-system function in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found that patients can also experience more serious issues — including seizures and stroke, which occurs when a blood clot reaches the brain, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Heart
Doctors have seen alarming cases of myocarditis an inflammation of the heart muscle — in addition to irregular heart rhythms that can lead to cardiac arrest in coronavirus patients, according to the Washington Post.

“They seem to be doing really well as far as respiratory status goes, and then suddenly they develop a cardiac issue that seems out of proportion to their respiratory issues,” said Mitchell Elkind, a Columbia University neurologist and president-elect of the American Heart Association, told the outlet.

Sensory system
The loss of the ability to taste and smell has emerged as a peculiar symptom strongly associated with the virus.

Loss of taste and smell could be crucial symptoms of coronavirus
The condition, which is known as anosmia, was not initially recognized as a symptom of the virus, but data from a symptom-tracking app in one study found that 60 percent of people who tested positive reported losing their senses of smell and taste, according to researchers from King’s College London.

About a quarter experienced the strange symptom before developing other conditions, suggesting it may be an early sign of the virus.

Blood
The coronavirus also causes blood thickening and clots in the veins, according to doctors.

The clots can break loose and travel to the lungs and brain, potentially causing a deadly condition known as pulmonary embolism.

It’s still not known why the virus causes the blood clots to form, or why the body is unable to break them up.

Gastrointestinal system
Digestive issues, such as diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain, have been among the chief complaints of many patients.

Nearly half of the virus patients admitted to the hospital in the central…

 

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Over 43,000 US millionaires will get ‘stimulus’ averaging $1.6 million each

At least 43,000 American millionaires who are too rich to get coronavirus stimulus checks are getting a far bigger boost — averaging $1.6 million each, according to a congressional committee.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act trumpeted its assistance for working families and small businesses, but it apparently contains an even bigger benefit for wealthy business owners, the committee found.

The act allows pass-through businesses — ones taxed under individual income, rather than corporate — an unlimited amount of deductions against their non-business income, such as capital gains, the Washington Post said. They can also use losses to avoid paying taxes in other years.

That gives the roughly 43,000 individual tax filers who make at least $1 million a year a savings of $70.3 billion — or about $1.6 million apiece, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Hedge-fund investors and real estate business owners are “far and away”…

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Some Americans should start receiving coronavirus relief checks today

Millions of Americans should receive their $1,200 relief payments beginning Thursday, as the first wave of payouts for citizens impacted by coronavirus begins.

The first group of recipients, estimated to be around 50 million Americans, will receive their money as early as April 9 to April 14, according to an internal IRS plan obtained by the Washington Post.

The date varies based on individuals’ method of filing their taxes, as those who file electronically can have payments distributed quickly. Eight in 10 Americans have signed up for direct deposit payments for their last tax refunds, the outlet reported.

The IRS must print and mail paper checks to Americans who did not sign up to electronically file their taxes, and expect those individuals to start receiving their checks after April 24, when about $30 million in paper checks are scheduled to be mailed out.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin vowed late last week that Americans who had already given the IRS their bank account information would receive their relief funds “within two weeks.”

“Social Security, you’ll get it very quickly after [the first round of payouts]. If we don’t have your information, you’ll have …

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Places You Can Still Buy Liquor in Berks County

Virtually everyone has been affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic and many of you know that for safety reasons all liquor stores in Berks County and the state of Pennsylvania are all closed. The good news is that for those of you who are a little crafty, there are still quite a few places where you can score some liquor and a couple of bottles of wine for the remainder of your quarantine. 

 

Reading Distilling Guild

Reading Distilling Guild

Distilleries have been allowed to stay open and keep producing spirits. Reading Distilling Guild has had its stock depleted but they say they have increased production to meet the new demand and will reopen this week for curbside pickup of Reading Distilling Guild branded spirits including vodka and a few different types of rum. 

Reading Distilling Guild @ 503 Penn St, Reading, PA

Rebel Hive Meadery

Rebel Hive Meadery

If you haven’t tried honey wine then you are missing out! This stuff is delicious and clocks about twice as much alcohol content as regular wine. Rebel Hive Meadery is a local company that is taking orders for delivery online and sells its products at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market. 

Available at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market

Online orders at rebelhivemeadery.com

Hillbilly Hooch Distillery

Hillbilly Hooch

Hillbilly Hooch is a small local distillery who also sells their spirits at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market. If the pandemic has got you down there is nothing like a bottle of 180 proof moonshine to cheer you up! This stuff is also great for making homemade hand sanitizer! Their location in Orwigsburg is also open from Wed-Sat for pick up orders.

Available at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market

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Local Wineries

Berks County is home to more than a dozen local wineries who are all most likely still selling bottles and cases of wine for pick up orders. There are too many to list here but you can check out our article on Award-Winning Wines in Berks County if you need a few recommendations.

 

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Joe DiRosa

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several brands and web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com

 

3 Homes for Sale in Berks County to Escape the Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone across the globe. Many of you are in cities like New York and Philadelphia where the pandemic is hitting the hardest. If you are looking for properties to escape from those metropolitan areas and you want Hampton’s style living at a fraction of the cost, then you might consider these luxury estates in Berks County. 

 

479 Imperial Dr, Mohnton, PA 19540 – $2,225,000

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This magnificent home features 6 bedrooms, 9 full baths and 2 half baths on 9.3 acres in Berks County. This 20,000+ sq ft. home features nearly every amenity you can ask for including a full basketball court, a gym, an incredible man cave game room with a pool table, poker table and full bar.  The highlight of this property is the 3 level indoor saltwater pool and hot tub. This house is truly luxury living!

 

1081 Grange Rd, Leesport, PA 19533 – $2,425,000

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This 4 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath property features nearly 7,000 sq. ft. of luxury living located on nearly 53 acres of conserved land. It features and beautiful 30′ x 50′ pool with waterfall spa, pool house, tennis court, and a horse barn. Plenty of luxury amenities add to the charm of this beautiful estate, also known as Emerald Green. 

325 Huntzinger Rd, Wernersville, PA 19565 – $1,950,000

 

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Perfect property for the experienced Equestrian or the avid hunter. Words cannot describe this amazing 176 acre one-of-a-kind property. Amazing, the restored stone farmhouse offers original charm with updated details & amenities-Great for entertaining/Stone bank barn with stalls & custom workshop/Large Garage with Apartment or Full Guest Suite/Multiple pastures/ Scenic spring-fed pond/Many wooded areas/Large outdoor riding ring/ Multiple decks & patios…This incredible property has something for everyone!!!

 

About the Author – 

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Joe DiRosa

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several brands and web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com

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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Berks, 21 other Pa. counties added to stay-at-home order

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include Beaver, Centre and Washington counties, bringing the state total to 22 counties under a stay-at-home order.

The order now includes these 22 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Centre, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.

The order will officially go into effect at 8 p.m. Saturday and continue until April 6, according to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

“We know which counties those increases are in, and as those numbers increase to a significant level and we have evidence of community spread, we discuss that with the governor and his administration,” said Dr. Rachel Levine, the state’s health secretary.

According to state health officials, people in those counties may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and essential travel:

Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home

Getting necessary services or supplies for ..

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Conronavirus cases explode past 400,000 with 41,373 cases reported yesterday

Reading, PA- Coronavirus cases are surging while setting new daily records worldwide.

Johns Hopkins is reporting that the worldwide total for Covi-19 cases has reached 417,698. The increase of 41,371 new cases yesterday, March 22nd, was nearly ten thousand higher than the previous record of 32,453 from the previous day. 

The United States total has now surged to 53,268 confirmed cases. The highest individual state total is now New York which has 25,677 infected.

Pennsylvania is reporting 946 confirmed cases with only 16 cases being confirmed in Berks County.  

New testing facilities in Berks County and all over are being very strict with authorizing tests. Multiple attempts to get tested at Tower Health’s new testing site in Berks County were met with significant triage profiling and I was informed by Tower Health’s triage nurse that unless you are a first responder, a medical worker, or someone with direct contact and serious symptoms that it will be tough to get tested until testing is more widespread and more tests become available. 

Testing facilities also seemed to be concerned that bringing patients in for testing my expose them to the virus. It should be noted that Penn State Health’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Berks County did open a drive-up testing facility at their location on Bern Rd. 

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Tower Health opens COVID-19 assessment site in Berks

READING, Pa. – West Reading-based Tower Health has opened its sixth COVID-19 assessment site, and it’s the health network’s first one to be located in Berks County.

Tower Health announced Tuesday that it has dedicated its urgent care center at 1212 Liggett Avenue in Reading’s Oakbrook neighborhood exclusively to dedicated exclusively to COVID-19 assessment and screening.

It’s now one of six such sites the network has opened in its southeastern Pennsylvania footprint in an effort to ease patient access to testing while keeping those with respiratory illness out of the hospitals and physician offices.

“The team at Tower Health is working diligently to meet the needs of our community during this unprecedented time,” said Dr. Charles Barbera, Tower Health’s vice president of pre-hospital and unscheduled care. “We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and evaluate how we can best meet the ongoing needs for the communities we serve.”

Tower Health said it is still encouraging its patients to be screened by their physician and get a prescription for testing prior to visiting one of its six sites.

Those without a prescription can still go to one of the locations, but officials said they will be subject to the required…

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