Lebanon County is now tracking at 284 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus according to Pennsylvania Department of Health data.
A second Lebanon County death linked to COVID-19 was also reported in today’s DOH update. No further information was available about the deceased at the time this post was published, but we will update the article if we learn more. The first coronavirus-related death in the county had been reported on Friday.
Update 12:43 p.m.: According to a WLBR report, the total number of deaths may actually be three at present, but we are still working to confirm this.
Here’s how many newly confirmed cases have been added over each of the past ten days, from April 4 to April 13:
33, 19, 18, 21, 24, 18, 31, 14, 38, 14
That averages out to 23 new cases a day over the last ten days, compared to an average of 5.1 new cases per day over the ten days prior (March 25 to April 3).
The updated confirmed case count was released around noon Monday as the Pennsylvania Department of Health has been doing daily since last month.
The current statewide positive count is 24,199, with 524 deaths. The state has recorded 105,593 negative tests.
As far as neighboring counties:
- Berks County – 1,150 cases, 21 deaths
- Dauphin County – 240 cases, four deaths
- Lancaster County – 828 cases, 24 deaths
- Schuylkill County – 192 cases, two deaths
Here’s how Lebanon County stacks up to neighboring counties on a per capita basis, using the Census Bureau’s 2019 population estimates.
- Berks County – 0.27% (421,164 population)
- Dauphin County – 0.09% (278,299 population)
- Lancaster County – 0.15% (545,724 population)
- Lebanon County – 0.20% (141,793 population)
- Schuylkill County – 0.14% (141,359 population)
For context, Philadelphia is currently at 0.43% with 6,810 cases and a population of 1,584,064 and Lehigh County is at 0.47% with 1,747 cases and a population of 369,318.
Here’s how Lebanon County’s confirmed case count has grown over the past few weeks.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health does not release municipality-level or other demographic attributes of confirmed cases to either the public or to Lebanon County administration.
Here is a chart maintained by the Pennsylvania Capital-Star which shows how total tests across the state compare to positive tests.
The state does not track, at least publicly, the total number of tests at the county level.
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This article was updated on the feedback of readers that our original headline (“No sign of slowdown in daily newly confirmed cases”) may have been somewhat sensational. While we do think the headline was accurate, it is important to note that the numbers would be much higher in the scenario where social distancing was not being practiced. Because this context was not evident in the headline, we have updated it.