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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - July 7, 2020


Bucks County Coronavirus Summary
Welcome to the Bucks County 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-2019) guide. This page has the latest information on coronavirus in the county, updated daily.

Department of Health provides update on COVID-19,995 new positives bring statewide total to 91,299
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon, July 7, that there are 995 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 91,299. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,787 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 33 new deaths.

Bucks County reports 5,948 cases and a total of 570 deaths; Chester County 3,863 cases and 330 deaths; Delaware County 7,384 cases and 661 deaths; Lehigh County 4,334cases and 309 deaths; Montgomery County 8,682 cases and 815 deaths; Northampton County 3,485 cases and 275 deaths; Philadelphia 22,302 cases and 1,621 deaths. Philadelphia County increased by 288 cases, but those cases represent cases over several weeks, and are not all people recently tested. This is because of a lag time in reporting from the Philadelphia Department of Health.


More research points to importance of masks, mandatory mask-wearing order remains in effect
Yesterday, the Wolf administration highlighted recent research studies that further point to the importance of wearing masks to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Hospital repair professionals: let us fix life-saving devices, ventilators
In an open letter to Gov. Tom Wolf delivered by PennPIRG and signed by 518 hospital repair experts, a plea was made for manufacturers to stop withholding what technicians need to fix medical equipment including ventilators. The effort is part of PennPIRG’s Right to Repair Campaign, which aims to remove unnecessary barriers to repair that drive up costs for product owners and increase electronic waste.

“Keeping medical equipment working, whether under the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic or not, is a matter of life and death,” said Emma Horst-Martz, PennPIRG campaign associate. “With lives at stake manufacturers should not squeeze hospitals into paying extra for proprietary repairs.”

Echoing the technicians’ comments, a group of state treasurers, including Joe Torsella, sent a similar letter to manufacturers calling for them to “release all service manuals, service keys, and schematics during this crisis,” for ventilators.

Legislators join Gov. Wolf in call for masking
Today, state and federal officials joined Gov. Tom Wolf in reminding Pennsylvanians to wear a mask to reduce the likelihood of spreading COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised people to wear a cloth mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The CDC’s website offers directions for easy-to-make masks, with patterns for sew and no-sew masks made from everyday household materials.

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