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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - July 17, 2020



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This guide with interactive tables, charts and maps illustrates the current status of COVID-19 in Bucks County. These data are updated daily.

PA Department of Health provides update on COVID-19 -- 1032 positives bring statewide total to 99,478

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon, July 17, that there are 1,032 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 99,478. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,992 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 19 new deaths reported.

Allegheny is reporting an increase of 240 cases and Philadelphia is reporting an increase of 163 cases.

Numbers by county

- Bucks County: 6,284 cases and 573 deaths
- Chester County: 4,196 cases and 334 deaths
- Delaware County: 7,762 cases and 674 deaths
- Lehigh County: 4,579 cases and 331 deaths
- Montgomery County: 9,060 cases and 836 deaths
- Northampton County: 3,614 cases and 284 deaths
- Philadelphia: 23,558 cases and 1,653 deaths

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 10 and July 16 is 141,307 with 5,579 positive cases. There were 22,940 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 16. These results represent the total number of tests administered.


Gov. Wolf: Congress Must Take Action to Help Restaurants

Gov. Tom Wolf today urged Congress to quickly provide financial relief to the nation’s restaurants by passing the Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act. The bipartisan bill in Congress provides $120 billion to help independent restaurants with the economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn more about the bill>>

State Sen. Lindsey Williams to announce legislation increasing health inspectors, supporting bar and restaurant industry

Sen. Lindsey M. Williams announced that she will soon introduce legislation to support the hiring of COVID-19 health inspectors dedicated to ensuring compliance with Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines, allowing compliant bars and restaurants to remain open.
What the $50 million in CARES Act funding would cover >>

Wolf administration: Hazard pay grants now available for frontline workers in life-sustaining industries

Gov. Tom Wolf announced the availability of $50 million in grant funding to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hazard pay is intended to keep front-line employees working in vital industry sectors across Pennsylvania.
The following applicants are eligible to apply >>

Former Pennsylvania governors voice support for Wolf Administration response to COVID-19

Three former Pennsylvania governors today voiced their support for how Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, including endorsing statewide mitigation efforts and mask-wearing.
Former Gov. Tom Ridge had this to say in support >>

Health and Education Secretaries provide updated guidance to safely reopen Pennsylvania’s schools

Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera today jointly announced updated guidance to help Pre-K to 12 schools prepare to reopen and safely educate students for in-person learning. Each school entity will determine if classes resume in person at school buildings, remotely or a combination of both options.
See the list of best practice recommendations >>


PA Gaming Control Board reports total gaming revenue for June

Following shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 11 of Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos reopened during June and generated slot machine and table games revenue for the first time in several months.

Community Support

Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia provides overview of COVID-19 response efforts

The Secretariat for Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHS) is continuing to provide critical support and emergency assistance to individuals, seniors, families, and children impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic throughout the five-county metropolitan area.
Learn more and see the report >>


The New Hope Automobile Show cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

In the interest of safety to everyone, The New Hope Automobile Show committee, in cooperation with The New Hope-Solebury School District, has decided to cancel the 2020 edition of The New Hope Automobile Show, which was slated for Saturday, Aug. 8.
A message from the show committee >>