HARRISBURG — The state Health Department on Friday reported 600 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total statewide to 84,370.
The new case increase was the largest since the rise of 686 cases on June 12. The state also reported 22 more deaths from the virus, bringing the total to 6,579.
The state totals include both confirmed and probable cases.
Confirmed cases are those testing positive for the coronavirus. Among the scenarios that would lead to a probable matter is one in which the individual has not been examined but shows symptoms and has had close contact with a confirmed case.
The data came as Lehigh and Northampton counties were spending their first day in the green phase of the Gov. Colour-coded reopening plan of Tom Wolf.
There were 23 new cases reported in Lehigh County and eight new cases reported in Northampton County. It brings the Lehigh County total to 4,187 and the Northampton County total to 3,360.
Three more deaths in Lehigh County reported, bringing the total to 288. One more departure was reported in Northampton, bringing the total there to 263.
The department website showed about noon Friday that 675 people in Pennsylvania hospitalized for COVID-19.
That was 27 fewer than the number about the same time Thursday. And it meant the figure had declined every day since Monday when it was 746 in the middle of the day.
In addition to the 81,956 confirmed cases and 2,414 probable cases in the state, 634,711 patients have tested negative for the virus.
There are 17,527 cases of the virus among nursing and personal care home residents, as well as 3,162 cases among employees. The overall total of 20,689 in those facilities represents nearly one-fourth of the state’s issues.
Also, there have been 4,518 deaths associated with long-term care facilities, or nearly 69% of the total deaths.
Wolf announced on Friday that effective July 3, Lebanon County will become the final county to move to the green phase of reopening.