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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - July 9, 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, 719 positives bring statewide total to 92,867
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon, July 9, that there are 719 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 92,867. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number of new cases in Allegheny County increased by 158 cases overnight. Philadelphia County increased by 161 cases overnight.

Bucks County reports 6,003 cases and a total of 571 deaths; Chester County 3,918 cases and 332 deaths; Delaware County 7,447 cases and 664 deaths; Lehigh County 4,370 cases and 315 deaths; Montgomery County 8,749 cases and 822 deaths; Northampton County 3,513 cases and 276 deaths; Philadelphia 22,553 cases and 1,633 deaths.

The number of tests administered since July 1 is 121,032 with 5,625 positive test results. There are 6,848 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 36 new deaths reported.

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 635 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 787,156 patients who have tested negative to date.

New Jersey cases total 174,039
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of July 9 there are 174,039 cases of COVID-19 and 13,476 deaths. There are 7,751 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 552 people have died. In Mercer County, there are 14 new cases and also 43 probable deaths from COVID-19. Hunterdon County reports 1,091 cases and 69 confirmed deaths plus 55 probable deaths from COVID-19. There are 2 new cases in Hunterdon County. In New Jersey, 1,577,848 persons have been tested.


Gov. Wolf announces $10 million available to support Pennsylvania’s food system
Gov. Tom Wolf today announced that $10 million is now available for Pennsylvania businesses that have worked to maintain access to fresh, healthy food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

State fire commissioner opens $50 million grant program to support fire, rescue and EMS companies affected by COVID-19
State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego announced that the Office of State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) opened registration on July 6 for state grants aimed at providing direct financial relief to fire, rescue and emergency medical service (EMS) companies negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

PennDOT issues guidance as Adopt-A-Highway activities resume
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced guidance for groups looking to beautify their communities as its Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) activities resume across the state, including mask wearing, social distancing and frequent hand sanitizing. These activities were suspended as part of Pennsylvania’s efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Wolf announces protections from foreclosures, evictions through Aug. 31
Gov. Tom Wolf today signed a new executive order that protects homeowners and renters from eviction or foreclosure until Aug. 31, if they have not received assistance from a new program administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) or are not already receiving relief through one of several federal foreclosure moratorium programs or judicial orders. Lenders and property owners that receive funds through the PHFA program agree not pursue foreclosure or eviction actions as a condition of participation in the program.

Wolf Administration reminds Pennsylvanians to wear masks outdoors
Gov. Tom Wolf and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today reminded Pennsylvanians to wear masks while enjoying the outdoors when they are not able to consistently maintain social distancing from individuals who are not members of their household.

"It's critical that Pennsylvanians take opportunities to go outside and enjoy our many parks, trails and beaches. It's good for our mental and physical health. But we must do so safely," Wolf said. "Park attendance has increased dramatically, so Pennsylvanians should protect themselves and their fellow outdoor seekers by wearing a mask."

Wolf administration releases updated FAQs for summer recreation, camps, pools
The Wolf administration today released updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) about summer recreation, camps and pools. The original FAQs were announced on May 22 to cover summer camps and recreation. The new FAQs modify those and also add information about pools.