HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Department of Health confirmed that there are 725 additional positive cases of COVID-19, which brings the statewide total to 66,983. 

There are 5,096 total deaths attributed to COVID-19. 

Out of the total deaths, 3,349 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 14,486 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,437 cases among employees, for a total of 16,923 at 589 distinct facilities in 44 counties. 

Non-life-sustaining businesses in the red phase are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide through the remainder of the academic year.

Currently, 49 counties are in the yellow phase of reopening. 

Friday, Governor Tom Wolf announced eight additional counties will move to yellow and 17 to green, effective at 12:01 a.m., May 29.

The counties moving to yellow on May 29 include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Schuylkill.

All remaining counties in red are expected to move to yellow by June 5 at 12:01 a.m., officials say. 

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