Pennsylvania coronavirus cases surpassed 64,000 and the death toll is drawing nearer to 5,000.

Meanwhile, one Lehigh Valley hospital group is reporting fewer patients with COVID-19 than expected. Also, real estate has restarted.

Here is your Pennsylvania coronavirus update for May 20, 2020.

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Coronavirus in Pa.

There were 746 new coronavirus cases and 143 more deaths reported Wednesday in the daily update from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which was delayed until the evening due to problems with its data-reporting system.

Pennsylvania’s case count now totals 64,412 with 4,767 deaths.

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The rate of new cases, measured as a seven-day average, has held fairly steady the last few days at around half its peak rate from early April.

Pennsylvania has not tracked coronavirus recoveries, although the state has said it now plans to do so.

At least 293,244 tests have come back negative to date. The state is working to increase testing.

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Coronavirus in the Lehigh Valley

The Lehigh Valley, which remains under a stay-at-home order, now has a combined 6,329 coronavirus cases and at least 370 deaths, up 58 cases and 12 deaths from the day before.

That breaks down to 3,550 cases and 188 deaths in Lehigh County, and 2,779 cases and 182 deaths in Northampton County, according to the state’s report.

The health department also reported more deaths Wednesday in nearby counties:

  • Berks County had 11 more deaths, for 273 total.
  • Bucks County had five more deaths, 431 total.
  • Monroe County had four more deaths, 93 total.
  • Montgomery County had 21 more deaths, 596 total.

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LVHN reports decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations

Lehigh Valley Health Network on Wednesday said that the number of coronavirus patients at its regional hospitals has declined faster than predicted.

In a Facebook post, the hospital network attributed the drop to the effectiveness of social distancing and mask-wearing.

Pennsylvania real estate resumes

In-person real estate is resuming in Pennsylvania. New guidance from Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday allows real estate agents to begin showing properties again, with some restrictions on scheduling and the number of people present.

Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors report that across Northampton, Lehigh and Carbon counties, new listings dropped by 81% year over year in April. Pending sales were down 76% year to year.

Coronavirus in Pa. nursing homes

Pennsylvania released coronavirus data about individual nursing homes for the first time on Tuesday. The data tallies the number of cases among residents, cases among staff and deaths at facilities across Pennsylvania.

Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities account for roughly one-fifth of Pennsylvania’s coronavirus cases and at least two-thirds of deaths. The Philadelphia Inquirer has noted, however, that there are problems with Pennsylvania’s nursing homes report.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s map of testing sites is embedded below. In addition to medical facilities, some drug stores offer testing. Northampton County residents have access to a drive-up test site at Easton Hospital until June 5.

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For more information on the coronavirus, consult your state health department at health.pa.gov and the CDC website.

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