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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - June 10, 2020

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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.
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PA Department of Health provides update on COVID-19, 410 new positives bring statewide total to 76,846
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon June 10 that there are 410 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 76,846. Today, the state is reporting 48 new deaths, and a total to 6,062 total deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 5,340 cases and a total of 534 deaths; Chester County 3,161 cases and 304 deaths; Delaware County 6,754 cases and 602 deaths; Lehigh County 3,895 cases and 259 deaths; Montgomery County 7,709 cases and 740 deaths; Northampton County 3,193 cases and 238 deaths; Philadelphia 19,481 cases and 1,454 deaths. There are 459,248 patients in the state who have tested negative to date. In the state there are 625 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. The recovery rate is 72 percent.


New Jersey cases total 165,346
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of June 10 there are 165.346 cases of COVID-19 and 12.377 deaths. There are 7,245 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 510 people have died. Hunterdon County reports 1,025 cases and 64 deaths.


Government

Wolf Administration: Prepare for severe summer weather during global COVID-19 pandemic
The Wolf Administration is urging the public to consider how COVID-19 could change or alter emergency preparedness plans leading into summer, when facing the threat of severe weather that comes with warmer weather.
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Fitzpatrick and Lamb introduce International Tripwire Bill
Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Conor Lamb (PA-18) have introduced H.R. 7132, the Never Again International Outbreak Prevention Act. This legislation would provide accountability with respect to international reporting and monitoring of outbreaks of novel viruses and diseases, sanction bad actors, and review the actions of the World Health Organization (WHO).
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Department of Health orders further COVID-19 protections for hospital staff
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today issued an order requiring that all hospitals take additional steps to further protect their staff and patients from COVID-19. The order requires all hospitals to develop, implement and adhere to safety measures by Monday, June 15.
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Pa. Legislature votes to end Gov. Wolf’s COVID Disaster Declaration
The Pennsylvania Legislature passed a resolution (HR 836) June 9, to end Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster declaration with bi-partisan majorities in both chambers. Legislators pushed the resolution forward after two months and three weeks of a shutdown defined by strict controls over information and the highest unemployment rate since the great depression.
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Wolf Administration outlines impacts of ending disaster declaration
Today, the Wolf Administration outlined the potential impact of ending the March 6 disaster declaration while clarifying that the legislature cannot end it unilaterally. The disaster declaration aids in speeding up the state’s response to the pandemic and provides protections for businesses, workers and residents. Importantly, ending the disaster declaration would not end any orders issued by the Secretary of Health that set guidelines for business operations.
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Business

Senator Santarsiero announces $200,000 in awards to local businesses
State Sen. Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced the award of $200,000 to two businesses in his district from the Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). Curtin and Heefner, a law firm located in Lower Makefield Township, and Well of Life Center for Natural Health, located in Doylestown, each received the maximum amount of $100,000 through this program. This was the final round of CWCA funding, as the state moves toward re-opening.
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Community Support

Levittown Salvation Army receives $10,000 grant
The Levittown Salvation Army has received $10,000 for COVID-19 relief from the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group. The purpose of the emergency funding is to assist with the greatest needs of The Salvation Army’s clients in the Levittown area. During this unprecedented time when unemployment is at the highest it has been since the Great Depression, more people and families are in desperate need of food and money to pay bills, particularly their mortgage or lease.
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