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The first case of coronavirus infection in Indiana County has been reported by officials at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

The announcement this afternoon comes on the heels of a new state Health Department report listing 276 new positive cases of COVID-19. That makes 1,127 cases in 44 counties across the state.

Four new deaths bring the statewide total to 11, according to Secretary of Health Rachel Levine.

The lone patient diagnosed by state health testing is self-quarantining at home since March 16 and has not needed hospital care, IRMC spokesman Mark Richards said.

Richards released no other information about the patient.

“Our notable increase in cases over the past few days indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”

Gov. Tom Wolf today extended the stay-at-home order to three more counties, including Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania and Northampton and Lehigh, in eastern Pennsylvania.