NORRISTOWN — Montgomery County officials Saturday reported 110 additional individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the countywide total to 888 cases, including three more deaths. 

“We are sorry to report three deaths from COVID-19: two on April 1, a 70-year-old male and an 89-year-old male, both from Springfield Township, and one on April 3, a 74-year-old female from Horsham Township,” said county Commissioners' Chairwoman Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh in a written statement.

These positive individuals are from 35 municipalities, bringing the total in Montgomery County to 56  municipalities affected by the spread of the coronavirus. A breakdown of new cases included an age range of 5 to 94 years, with 55 females and 55 males. Thirteen patients are known to be hospitalized. 

Montgomery County’s drive-through COVID-19 testing location at Temple University’s Ambler Campus in Upper Dublin Township will reopen today, on Sunday, April 5, by appointment only for individuals that meet the required criteria and as testing supplies allow. No treatment will be given on-site. For more information and to register for an appointment, visit www.montcopa.org/COVID-19 or call 610.631.3000 starting at 8 a.m.

Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported Saturday the number of coronavirus cases in the commonwealth topped 10,000 with another 34 deaths reported, bringing the statewide total to 136.

The department reported Saturday another 1,597 additional positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 10,017 across all but three of the commonwealth’s 67 counties.

Officials say most patients hospitalized and most deaths have occurred in patients aged 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date, officials said.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in a couple of weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are at higher risk of more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

MEDICAL PERSONNEL-COLLEGE DORMS

Some now-empty eastern Pennsylvania college dorms may be used to house medical professionals who need to self-quarantine or don’t feel comfortable going home to their families after working with patients amid the coronavirus epidemic.

The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that St. Luke’s University Health Network and Lehigh Valley Health Network have approached Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Moravian College, Muhlenberg College and Lehigh University about space for medical professionals.

Lehigh Valley Health Network spokesman Brian Downs said the discussions were being held “purely as contingency planning” for caregivers.

Muhlenberg said it will also be using one of its houses for first responders in Lehigh County who have been exposed to positive cases and need to be isolated from their families.

Moravian President Bryon Grigsby noted that Gen. George Washington asked the school, the nation’s sixth-oldest college, to convert the Brethren’s House into a hospital to treat soldiers during the Revolutionary War.

Students across the nation have been sent home to do online classes for the rest of the semester amid the outbreak.

GROCERY STORE MANAGER-SPITTING

Authorities are trying to identify a man accused of having spat on a grocery store manager during an altercation in western Pennsylvania.

Allegheny County police say Edgewood police were called to the Giant Eagle on Wednesday after a verbal altercation between a customer and a store manager. Police allege that during the altercation, the customer spat on the side of the manager’s face before leaving the store.

Allegheny police say the man paid $50 for a money order but then demanded that he receive $100 for the order.

Detectives have posted a photo of the suspect and are asking anyone who recognizes him to contact investigators.

 The COVID-19 outbreak continues to be a rapidly evolving situation. To get the latest information and updates regarding COVID-19, please visit the Montco COVID-19 Data Hub at www.montcopa.org/covid-19.

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