Montco officials take another look at forecasted peak of outbreak; Coronavirus antibody tests will be given in Delco

EAGLEVILLE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Montgomery County officials announced five more deaths, bringing the total of coronavirus-related deaths in the county to 32. The county has had about 1,300 positive cases in total. 

Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh continued to remind people to stay home. 

“We are heading into what we hope will be the peak of this and that our peak is not going to get too much higher than what we’re already seeing. Only time is going to tell us whether or not that is the case,” she said. 

She said based on modeling, as long as people continue to follow the stay-at-home orders, she’s optimistic. 

“No matter what, you call 911 for next week, there will be a paramedic to pick you up. There will be a hospital bed for you at the end of that ride,” she said. 

But she said that can unravel quickly if people stop listening to stay at home orders.

“Those of you who are young and healthy and think you can go out, it doesn’t really matter. That’s just not true, because you could be carrying this virus and not even realize it and you could infect somebody else," she added. 

Arkoosh updated the number of cases in the 75 long-term care facilities in the county, saying 34 have positive cases of COVID-19, with 140 cases among residents across those facilities, and 53 cases that are staff members at those facilities.

Coronavirus antibody tests will be given in Delaware County 

Delaware County now joins Chester County in giving coronavirus antibody tests to workers doing essential jobs in the fight against COVID-19, such as hospital workers and first responders.

“The antibody test is essentially a finger prick to collect a small amount of blood to determine the presence of coronavirus antibodies in an individual with or without symptoms. And we will get those results in about 15 minutes,” explained Jeanne Casne, director of the Chester County Health Department.

She said these tests will make sure the workers and the people they’re caring for stay safe.

Workers and inmates at G.W. Hill Correctional facility will also be tested. 

Delaware County Tuesday announced 76 new positive coronavirus cases, bringing the county total to 898. With five additional deaths, the county now has 20 coronavirus-related deaths.


KYW Newsradio's Jim Melwert and Andrew Kramer contributed to this report.