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Pennsylvania coronavirus updates March 31

PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania has more than 4,800 cases of the novel coronavirus and 63 people have died. Keep checking back for the latest COVID-19 updates throughout the day.

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Father Thomas Gramc tested negative but will continue a 14-day quarantine out of caution.

“One of the priests in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh who had been in isolation after exposure to someone in the faith community who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) has tested negative for the virus. However, out of an abundance of caution, and on his doctor’s recommendation, Father Thomas Gramc has begun a voluntary 14-day quarantine. Father Gramc is Parochial Vicar of the Dormont, Mount Lebanon, Scott Township grouping (Our Lady of Grace and Saint Bernard), as well as chaplain for Seton La Salle High School. He has not had any contact with students or faculty of the high school since its closure on March 13. Other priests in  Press Release Distribution Services In Pennsylvania  that grouping remain in voluntary quarantine in the interest of the safety of their parishioners and the general public.”

UPDATE 7 p.m.: There are now 325 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Allegheny County and almost 5,000 in Pennsylvania, so what do those new numbers mean?

Health officials said they expect to see more cases across the state despite social distancing and at-home orders for a few reasons.

There is more screening being done, and officials said there are “likely many more undetected cases” in the community.

Allegheny County Health Department officials said the county is testing about 500 people per day for the novel coronavirus.

In a press conference Tuesday, Dr. Debra Bogen -- head of the county health department -- said they are also practicing “smart testing,” which means only people who meet specific criteria for COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, underlying health issues, age) are getting tested right now.

UPDATE 6:40 p.m.: Two people at Beaver County’s biggest nursing home died after testing positive the coronavirus, but the state health department said Tuesday that of all the positive test results, only one percent of those are coming from nursing homes.

At the Brighton Rehabilitation & Wellness Center, 20 residents are in an isolation unit inside the facility, four are getting treatment at the hospital, and dozens of other patients have not gotten results back yet.

Brighton officials said both patients who died were in hospice, and they have traced all of the people who came in contact with them.

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