Another Upper Providence Resident Virus Victim

NORRISTOWN PA – Another resident of Upper Providence has died due to complications caused by COVID-19, Montgomery County’s Office of Public Health reported Saturday (April 12, 2020), raising to four the total number of deaths among 48 township residents who are known to have contracted the disease.

The victim, a 72-year-old male, was one of Saturday’s six coronavirus-related deaths in the county. The others were three females and two males, ranging in age from 71-88, who were identified as residents of Springfield (3), Ambler (1), and Plymouth (1) townships.

Overall, coronavirus has infected 1,815 county residents and led to the deaths of 68, the county added. The loss of life “underscores the need to continue to protect the most vulnerable as well as ourselves by staying at home,” Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, chair of the county Board of Commissioners, said.

Of the total number infected, 120 of those were added Saturday, county officials noted. Sixty-one are female and 59 male, who range in age from 2 to 97 and hail from 28 different municipalities. Of them, 14 are known to be hospitalized, 10 are known to be in isolation, and the status of 96 others is unknown, they added.

The county’s coronavirus data hub, free to public viewing, maps out infected cases and deaths by municipality, here.

Although the county coronavirus testing center at the Temple University campus in Ambler is now closed, a new one is expected to open April 15 (Wednesday) at the Montgomery County Community College campus in Blue Bell. Appointments will be required for anyone to be tested at the drive-through facility.

The Blue Bell site plans “are currently being finalized,” the health office said, and more information on its status is expected next week.

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