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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - June 16, 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, 362 positives bring statewide total to 79,483
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon, June 16, that there are 362 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 79,483. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,276 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 33 new deaths. Bucks County reports 5,452 cases and a total of 544 deaths; Chester County 3,343 cases and 309 deaths; Delaware County 6,936 cases and 622 deaths; Lehigh County 3,973 cases and 271 deaths; Montgomery County 7,950 cases and 789 deaths; Northampton County 3,250 cases and 244 deaths; Philadelphia 20,096 cases and 1,518 deaths. There are 496,589 patients in the state who have tested negative to date.

New Jersey cases total 167,103
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of June 15 there are 167,103 cases of COVID-19 and 12,676 deaths. There are 7,381 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 522 people have died. Hunterdon County reports 1,041 cases and 66 deaths.


Department of Aging releases reopening guidance for senior centers, adult day centers, and in-person visits
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) has issued reopening guidance for aging services providers located in counties that are entering the green phase. In collaboration with representatives of Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and adult day centers (ADCs), PDA has developed guidance and procedures for resuming operations of adult day centers, senior community centers (SCCs), and aging and protective services that involve in-person consumer contacts and in-home visits.

Senator Collett to host policy hearing on the impact of COVID-19 on Pennsylvania’s food supply chain
Senator Maria Collett (D-12) will host a virtual policy hearing with Senator Judy Schwank (D-11) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 18, to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state’s food supply chain, and in particular its non-retail food supply chain. The hearing will include testimonies from local industry experts and business owners, including a senior executive from Clemens Food Group / Hatfield Meats, the business that brought this issue to Collett’s attention. Lawmakers will also discuss ways the legislature can assist struggling businesses through this difficult time and help prevent future food chain issues.

Gov. Wolf announces $40 million in CARES Act funding available to address dairy industry relief, food security
Gov. Tom Wolf announced today the availability of $40 million in funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and food security programs, following months of uncertainty and loss from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Health reminds Pennsylvanians about ticks, warns some symptoms of Lyme disease similar to COVID-19
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today reminded Pennsylvanians to take proper steps to prevent against tick bites and recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease, as some symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to those of COVID-19. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, among other dangerous diseases, that can be severe if not treated properly.


Paycheck Protection Program lending window closing; SBA asks lenders to prioritize underserved communities
The last two weeks of the Paycheck Protection Program have arrived, and lenders are being asked to redouble their efforts to assist underserved and disadvantaged businesses and nonprofits with financing prior to the June 30 program deadline

Community Support

National Museum of Industrial History offers free family memberships to St. Luke’s employees through “Pay It Forward” campaign
The National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) is giving back to health care workers who have fought tirelessly to keep the community safe and healthy throughout the coronavirus pandemic through a newly announced ‘Pay It Forward’ membership campaign. Retroactive to March 14, when the museum facility closed to visitors, until the museum reopens any new membership purchased will allow the NMIH to provide an employee of St. Luke’s University Health Network with a free one-year family membership.

First Lady Frances Wolf partners with Pennsylvania PBS to deliver encouraging messages to children and caregivers
Today, First Lady Frances Wolf offered encouraging messages to children, parents, teachers, and caregivers through the release of a series of videos created in collaboration with Pennsylvania PBS titled #TogetherPennsylvania.

USDA awards Mid-Atlantic Regional Co-Op (MARC) $3.7 million box contract
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Cooperative (MARC) has been awarded a $3.7 million contract with the United States Department of Agriculture to administer a portion of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program (CFAP). The MARC is producing and distributing more than 160,000 fresh produce boxes to food banks across the Mid-Atlantic to support food-insecure individuals adversely affected by COVID-19 mitigation efforts. The terms of the grant are May 15-June 30, though USDA has indicated it plans to continue programming through December.

ACME Screening Room “Carpool Cinema” tickets available tonight
ACME Screening Room “Carpool Cinema” ticket sales have been delayed until today, Tuesday June 16, due to technical difficulties. Member access is at 6 p.m.: You will receive a private email link. General public access is at 7 p.m. at