In this Feb. 6, 2020, photo, released by the California Department of Public Health, is a demonstration of the equipment and procedures that will be used at the department's Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory lab in Richmond, Calif., to conduct tests for novel coronavirus. This is not an actual test of a novel coronavirus specimen. (California Department of Public Health via AP)
On Friday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf held a press conference to announce that two people in Pennsylvania have tested positive for the coronavirus. Over the weekend, health officials announced that four additional people are presumed positive, bringing the total to six.
State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, MD, explained that Pennsylvania health authorities first test potentially infected patients for the virus and then send samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the results. Levine says the state is monitoring people who may have come into contact with all six individuals who have tested positive.
Governor Tom Wolf also declared a disaster emergency on Friday and wants the state legislature to pass a proposal allowing him to declare a public health emergency, which would come with dedicated funding.