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By Allan J. Bassler

The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

Series: Coronavirus | Story 115

This week marks a first for the Morrisons Cove Herald. For the first time (to my knowledge), the Herald is providing two articles in Spanish. This is being done to provide important information about the coronavirus to the members of the Cove community who are more familiar with Spanish than English. We hope that this is helpful.

If you are reading this in Spanish and would like to help the Herald with accurate translations, please contact Allan at (814) 793-2144 to discuss providing this service, with compensation. (Note that Allan only speaks English.)

For the Herald’s English-speaking readers, don’t worry. Nothing is missing from the Herald. We simply had two articles with important information translated into Spanish.

We would like to know what you think of our effort. Please send your comments to [email protected] or 113 N. Market St., Martinsburg, PA 16662.

Thank you.


Blair County

• 6 cases confirmed, 0 deaths

Bedford County

• 4 cases confirmed, 0 deaths

Nearby counties

Cambria: 7 cases, 1 death

Somerset: 7 cases, 0 deaths

Huntingdon: 5 cases, 0 deaths

Fulton: 1 case, 0 deaths

Centre: 55 cases, 0 deaths

Pa. Statewide

• Statewide total of 14,559

• 240 deaths

• 76,719 Pa. patients who have tested negative to date

• Pa. area with most cases: Philadelphia, 4,012, with 58 deaths

• Of patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is:

0-4 ​< 1%

5-12 ​< 1%

13-18 ​1%

19-24 7%

25-49 ​42%

​50-64 ​29%

​65+ ​20%

Nearby states

New York: 139,876 cases, 5,489 deaths

New Jersey: 44,416 cases, 1,232 deaths

United States

• 398,000 cases confirmed nationwide, 12,893 deaths


• 1,429,437 confirmed cases, 82,074 deaths

Latest concerns

• The daily death toll from coronavirus in the United States surpassed 1,800 on Tuesday, marking a new global high for the number of deaths linked to the virus in a single day.

• British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained in the intensive care unit of a London hospital, where he is being treated for coronavirus and is “receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any assistance,” according to his official spokesman.

• The coronavirus is infecting and killing black Americans at an alarmingly high rate, according to the Washington Post.

• The U.S. Treasury is preparing to ask Congress to swiftly commit an additional $200 billion for a small-business relief program that is overwhelmed by demand.

• The U.S. daily death toll is increasing rapidly and on Tuesday roughly doubled record daily numbers from hotspots in Europe. Italy, which reached a peak of 919 daily deaths last month, announced Tuesday that 604 deaths had occurred the day before. Spain confirmed 743 deaths in the past day.

• President Trump removed the chairman of the federal panel that Congress created to oversee his administration’s management of the $2 trillion stimulus package..

• The Chinese city of Wuhan, the birthplace of the coronavirus pandemic, lifted its lockdown on Wednesday, allowing 11 million residents to leave their homes without special authorization for the first time in more than 10 weeks. Wuhan’s reversal is a powerful symbolic victory for China.

• The next test may come in Europe, where the spread of the virus has started to slow in hard-hit countries like Italy and Spain. Some countries are now tiptoeing toward a loosening of radical lockdown measures that have been in place for close to a month.

• N.Y. virus deaths hit new high, but hospitalizations slow. New Jersey and Connecticut also had one-day highs in coronavirus-related deaths. Officials in the three states still saw reason for hope.

What you can do

• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

• Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.

• Clean surfaces frequently.

• Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.

How It Spreads

Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

Sources: Washington Post, New York Times, Pa. Department of Health


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