HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 today in its noon release.
COVID-19, an illness caused by the coronavirus, is now present in 33 of the state's 67 counties. The health department announced 479 confirmed cases of the illness statewide, with two deaths.
The number of cases increased by 108, 29 percent, from Saturday. The health department also announced the state's second fatality, in Allegheny County, on Saturday. The other fatal case, announced Wednesday, was in Northampton County.
Pennsylvania Department of Health announced its first two COVID-19 cases on March 6.
In addition to the single case in Mercer County, COVID-19 is present in the following counties: Adams 5, Allegheny 40, Beaver 3, Berks 13, Bucks 32, Butler 1, Centre, 1, Chester 23, Columbia 1, Cumberland 11, Dauphin 1, Delaware 43, Erie 2, Fayette 1, Franklin 1, Lackawanna 6, Lancaster 6, Lebanon 3, Lehigh 19, Luzerne 7, Monroe 31, Montgomery 87, Montour 1, Northampton 21, Philadelphia 91, Pike 3, Potter 1, Schuykill 1, Washington 7, Wayne 2, Westmoreland 4 and York 10.
The Herald will provide additional information on the Mercer County case and county officials' reaction in Monday's print edition.