— New coronaviruses are starting to surface in Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health is bracing for a new pandemic.
More than 20 cases have been confirmed in the past week alone.
The first cases have come in at two hospitals in Northtown and two in Northampton.
Officials in Northandover and Scrantons first two counties are also reporting cases, with the latest news coming late Friday.
As of Friday, the first case was reported at a pediatric hospital in Northington, according to Pennsylvania Department for Children and Families spokesman Brian Fickey.
We’re still monitoring that one and looking at the scope of that.
There’s also been a case at the same pediatric hospital, in Scrantont, in the Northampton area, Fickeysaid.
That is our largest case to date.
Northtown Health System has been reporting at least 20 cases a day.
One patient is hospitalized, but it’s too early to tell how much of the patients body will be affected.
Fickey said officials are closely monitoring a person who was hospitalized Saturday in Northborough.
It was a person of color, who had a history of illness, who was diagnosed as a new coronave, Ficoysaid.
The patient has not been charged with any crimes, but has been hospitalized.
A total of six people in the South County are also showing symptoms.
All six have been released from hospitals and will be evaluated for their symptoms, Ficcysaid, FICKEY said.
Scranton County Health Department is currently receiving seven additional cases, Faccie said.
He said more cases are expected.
“We’re very concerned about it,” Ficke said.
“We have a high level of concern, and that’s the reason we have to continue to monitor the situation.
Fickeysad said they are also monitoring the number of new cases in the county.
If it gets above the number we’re seeing right now, we’ll be in a situation where we’re going to have to move our emergency services personnel to the hospital as quickly as possible.”