Global COVID-19 cases top 7.5M worldwide resulting in over 421,000 deaths.

Reading, Pennsylvania – According to data from Johns Hopkins University, global cases of COVID-19 have surpassed a total of 7.5 million in over 188 countries. The same data shows there have now been 421,456 deaths attributed to COVID-19 as of June 12, 2020. 

Johns Hopkins is reporting that the United States now has tallied 2,023,347 COVID-19 cases which have resulted in 113,820 deaths. The United States tally of over two million coronavirus cases is leading the world, with Brazil, Russia, India, and the United Kingdom rounding out the top five.

Within the United States, the NY Post is reporting that Florida recently announced that after several weeks of reopening that they had tallied the single highest total of new covid-19 cases in a single day.

Additionally, there is a report that in Los Angeles that a husband (age 60) and his wife (age 38) both died of covid-19. The couple left behind five orphaned children.



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 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

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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.


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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:

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.

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.

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.

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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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

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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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US coronavirus deaths exceed 100 for first time in a single day

The US on Monday reported more than 100 coronavirus deaths — marking the first time fatalities hit triple digits in a single day.

The grim milestone pushed the nation’s death toll to at least 550, with New York seeing the most fatalities of any state at 157, according to a count by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

Asked about the bleak disclosure, President Trump said he was not surprised.

“It’s going to be bad. Certainly…

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