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Pa. coronavirus updates: 570 new cases; death toll reaches 7,500; how to avoid contact-tracing scams | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (08/19/20) | #coronavirus | #scams | #covid19


The COVID-19 death toll in Pennsylvania officially surpassed 7,500 on Wednesday.

Also reported were 570 new coronavirus cases, continuing an overall downward trend this month. That brings the state’s total coronavirus case count to 126,149 while the 24 additional deaths put the death toll at 7,523, according to the daily report from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

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Locally, the Lehigh Valley, which had no new deaths reported Wednesday, has dropped to case rates not seen simultaneously in both counties since the early days of the pandemic.

And as schools reopen, contact tracing will be a key element in keeping the coronavirus contained. With the state preparing to roll out a contact-tracing app, the Wolf administration recently issued tips to avoid scammers falsely posing as state workers.

Here are your Pennsylvania coronavirus updates for Aug. 19, 2020.

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Coronavirus in Pa.

The seven-day average of new cases has trended downward overall this month, which started at 902 cases a day on average.

As of Wednesday, the state was averaging 717 cases a day over the last week, down from 774 at this time last week.

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The seven-day average of hospitalizations also has a downward trend this month, after seeing a slight resurgence in July. The weekly average of daily tests has fallen, but so has the positivity rate.

Rising, however, is the rate of COVID-19 deaths in Pennsylvania. On average, 20 Pennsylvanians a day died from the virus in the last week. The rate is even from a week ago and up from 13 at the start of August.

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At least 170,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. Pennsylvania is among nine states each more than 5,000 deaths, according to the latest CDC data, which may lag behind some states.

MORE: Tracking COVID-19 in Pa. with data, interactive charts

Coronavirus in the Lehigh Valley

The Lehigh Valley had 16 new cases and no new deaths in Wednesday’s state report, officially putting the region at 9,115 cases and 637 deaths.

That breaks down to:

  • 5,093 total cases and 341 deaths in Lehigh County, with eight new cases and no deaths reported in the last day.
  • 4,022 total cases and 296 deaths in Northampton County, with eight new cases and no deaths reported in the last day.

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The seven-day averages of daily cases in both Lehigh Valley counties are among the lowest seen here since late March, when cases began rising exponentially.

Lehigh County is averaging 10 cases a day over the last week, down from 19 a week ago. The county’s seven-day average has not been below 10 since March 26, around the time the Lehigh Valley was locked down.

Northampton County, meanwhile, is averaging nine cases a day over the last week, which is even with this point last week. The county’s seven-day rate has dipped to single digits before, but has not dropped below nine since, again, March 26.

Here is how the Lehigh Valley’s neighboring Pennsylvania counties are faring with the coronavirus, from the state’s data Wednesday:

  • Berks County has 5,683 total cases and 376 deaths, with 38 new cases and one death reported in the last day.
  • Bucks County has 7,481 total cases and 584 deaths, with 23 new cases and no deaths reported in the last day.
  • Carbon County has 408 total cases and 28 deaths, with two new cases and no deaths reported in the last day.
  • Monroe County has 1,671 total cases and 125 deaths, with one new case and no deaths reported in the last day.
  • Montgomery County has 10,523 total cases and 860 deaths, with 43 new cases and one death reported in the last day.
  • Schuylkill County has 957 total cases and 51 deaths, with five new cases and no deaths reported in the last day.

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How to identify a contact-tracing scam

Contact tracing is an important part of coronavirus containment, the process of identifying and notifying people who have been exposed to a positive patient.

A contact-tracing app for contact tracing is slated to launch next month in Pennsylvania. The state has a team of more than 1,000 contact-tracers statewide (and they’re hiring more). The staff and volunteers reach out to those potentially exposed through an initial phone call and follow up via calls, texts, emails and mailings.

But some scammers may try to impersonate a contact tracer in an attempt to garner sensitive information from potential victims. The state recently issued tips for residents to identify a real contact tracer from a fake one.

A contact tracer will verify your birthdate, address and phone number, and, if you have already tested positive for COVID-19, the date and location of your coronavirus test. Information is not shared with any law enforcement agencies.

A contact tracer will not ask for your social security number, financial information, photographs, passwords or payment. They will not ask for personal information through a text message or send you a link to a website asking for such.

If you want to verify the contact tracer who called you is legitimate, call the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).

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Steve Novak may be reached at snovak@lehighvalleylive.com.



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