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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - June 12, 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.

PA Department of Health provides update on COVID-19, 686 new positives bring statewide total to 77,999
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon June 12 that there are 686 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 77,999. Today, the state is reporting 49 new deaths, and a total to 6,162 total deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 5,396 cases and a total of 541 deaths; Chester County 3,247 cases and 306 deaths; Delaware County 6,837 cases and 612 deaths; Lehigh County 3,926 cases and 3,217 cases and 236 deaths; Philadelphia 19,746 cases and 1,487 deaths. There are 488,385 patients in the state who have tested negative to date. In the state there are 629 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 73 percent.

New Jersey reports 166,164 COVID-19 cases
In New Jersey, 166,164 persons have contracted the COVID-19 virus and 12,489 have died. Hunterdon County lists1,024 cases and 66 deaths. Mercer County counts 7,295 cases and 515 deaths.


NJ Gov. Murphy signs executive orders lifting limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings, opening pools effective June 22, and opening additional outdoor recreational businesses
Governor Phil Murphy signed two executive orders 1) raising limits on outdoor and indoor gatherings and 2) opening pools effective June 22 and additional outdoor recreational businesses effective immediately. Under Executive Order No. 152, effective immediately, indoor gatherings are limited to 25 percent of the capacity of the room, but regardless of the room's capacity, such limit shall never be less than 10 or more than 50 people. All attendees at the gathering must wear face coverings, unless for a medical reason or if the individual is under 2 years old, individuals must remain six feet apart at all times, and physical items may not be shared by multiple attendees of the same gathering unless sanitized before and after uses.

USCIS Philadelphia field office resuming in-person services
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Philadelphia Field Office has entered a phased reopening of its office to the public, resuming in-person services, including naturalization ceremonies. The number of appointments, interviews, and naturalizations have been reduced to ensure social distancing, allow time for cleaning and minimize waiting room occupancy in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines to protect USCIS’ workforce, applicants and the public.

Pennsylvania and USDA enable grocery deliveries for SNAP beneficiaries
As the summer begins and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates the leaders of Pennsylvania for enabling people with disabilities who rely on SNAP to avoid the high risk of shopping for food in person.

Gov. Wolf: Eight more counties going green on June 19
Governor Tom Wolf today announced that eight more counties will move to the green phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 19. These counties include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Monroe, Perry, Pike, and Schuylkill.

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission provides guidance as museums and historical organizations across state reopen
The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) has put together a “Reopening Resources” page for museums, historical societies and preservation organizations as they begin to consider reopening in accordance with Gov. Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania plan.

Community Support

Fred Beans donates more than 50,000 meals in first month of 500,000 Meals Challenge
Last month, the Fred Beans Automotive Group launched a 500,000 Meals Challenge, pledging to donate at least $25,000 a month through the end of the year to fight hunger in the communities where it operates. The company estimated this monthly donation would provide about 400,000 meals by the end of the year and challenged employees, customers and business partners to help provide an additional 100,000 meals, or more, by Jan. 1. With one month of the “Challenge” completed, Fred Beans estimates that it has helped provide just over 51,000 meals.

Photo caption:
Chris Gilbert, right, director of operations for the Fred Beans Automotive Group, presents a check for $15,150 to Joseph Cuozzo, director of development for the Bucks County Opportunity Council, which represents the company’s May contribution to the BCOC as part of the Fred Beans 500,000 Meals Challenge. Cuozzo said that the organization received another $2,687 in individual contributions made through a special donation page established for those wanting to help meet the 500,000-meal goal.


Craven Hall will unveil its technological face-lift Saturday
Thanks to the generosity of the Low Voltage Nation community, Craven Hall will unveil its technological face-lift to the public at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 13. All are welcome and encouraged to join in the festivities for this historic leap from steamboat to Wi-Fi. Craven Hall Director Eric Fleisher will be on hand to discuss the future of exhibits. Ray Cline from Libertas Consulting will be present to showcase the cutting-edge technology of LVN’s “Gold Standard” networking system. Finally, Marco Chaffiotte, a director for LVN, will answer questions about the organization’s nationwide efforts to create opportunities for others interested in low voltage/technology careers.

Shine Yoga offers Yoga in the Park tonight in Perkasie
Perkasie Yogis (Shine Yoga) hosts Yoga in the Park at 6 p.m. tonight, Friday, June 12, in Lenape Park in Perkasie, near the historic covered bridge, Constitution Avenue and Walnut Street.