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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Pennsylvania up to 516 confirmed cases, Montgomery County reports first death

Reading, PA – As of 2am on Monday March 23rd, Johns Hopkins is reporting that Pennsylvania now has 516 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus. 

The number of confirmed cases in Pennsylvania has nearly doubled since 268 were reported on March 20th. In addition, Montgomery County has reported its first death related to the coronavirus bringing the Pennsylvania’s total number of deaths to 3. 

Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all non-life sustaining businesses across Pennsylvania to close by Monday at 8 am. The Governor’s Office has announced that Pennsylvania State Police



Berks opened COVID-19 help center yesterday

READING, Pa. – To put it simply, it’s been a confusing time for a lot of us. There are many questions, and few answers, in this coronavirus pandemic. The Berks County Department of Emergency Services is taking a big step to help.

“What do I do about unemployment benefits? Where do I go and get tested?” Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach said, giving examples of questions people may have.

The department last week announced that help and resources are available on its website, but county officials said they wanted to dig deeper by launching a phone helpline, which will open Thursday morning.

“We felt there was a need to provide live responses,” said Leinbach.

Starting Thursday, Berks County residents can connect with the help center in one of two ways, either by calling 610-320-6150 or by emailing

Staff will be on hand to answer phones and respond to emails seven days a week, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 911; social service questions or needs should be addressed by..

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New York State coronavirus count tops 10K as Cuomo warns young people

The number of new coronavirus cases in New York surged by 3,250 on Saturday, lurching the statewide total to 10,356, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who flatly told young people who think they have some special immunity to the deadly bug: “You are wrong!”

“You’re not superman and you’re not superwoman, you can get this virus and you can transfer the virus and you can wind up hurting someone who you love or hurting someone wholly inadvertently,” the governor said.

Cuomo did not announce a statewide death total; that tally stood at 56 on Friday.

In New York City, the epicenter of the crisis,  1,847 cases were identified overnight , bringing the new total to 7,530, with 45 deaths.

No less than 40 percent of the population will eventually be infected by COVID-19, the governor…

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Coronavirus killing more than a person an hour in NYC

The coronavirus killed city residents at a rate of more than one per hour on Friday.

Between just 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., 14 people in New York City died from the virus, pushing the Big Apple’s total death toll to 43.

The toll had been 29 prior to Friday’s jump in deaths.

It was the first time that the city’s single-day toll had hit double digits.

And the city’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, warned New Yorkers that double-digit daily deaths may well become the new normal, at least for a time.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we get to a day when we have double-digits new people dying every day,” she said at a City Hall press conference Friday afternoon.

During that eight-hour period Friday the city’s positive cases also climbed from 5,151 to 5,683.

At 1,750 Brooklyn has the most COVID-19…

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St. Joseph opens drive-thru COVID-19 testing site

BERN TWP., Pa. – People who have been ordered by a doctor to be tested for the coronavirus can now comply without even having to get out of their car.

Penn State Health St. Joseph announced Thursday that it has opened a drive-thru testing site on the medical center’s campus off Route 183 in Bern Township.

“This is not a random screening,” said Jeffrey Held, the hospital’s vice president of medical affairs. “It does require prescription from your doctor, someone to follow up on the results.”

The drive-thru site is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The testing is free and available to patients of any age. They will be asked to present their doctor’s order, photo identification and insurance card.

The test involves a nasal swab, and ….

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Number of coronavirus cases in Berks grows to 5

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Berks County now has five positive cases of the coronavirus, Pennsylvania health officials announced Friday afternoon.

That number is up four from Wednesday, when the county’s first case was announced.

Statewide, Pennsylvania now has 268 positive cases, with the most — 59 — being in neighboring Montgomery County.


Officials have not released any specific information about the cases, citing patient privacy issues.

So far, 2,574 people in Pennsylvania have tested negative for COVID-19.

Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s secretary of health,…

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