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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - June 17, 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, 335 positives bring statewide total to 79,818
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon, June 17, that there are 335 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 79,818. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,319 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 43 new deaths. Bucks County reports 5,466 cases and a total of 546 deaths; Chester County 3,367 cases and 311 deaths; Delaware County 6,967 cases and 629 deaths; Lehigh County 3,978 cases and 273 deaths; Montgomery County 7,990 cases and 770 deaths; Northampton County 3,255 cases and 247 deaths; Philadelphia 20,184 cases and 1,528 deaths. There are 496,589 patients in the state who have tested negative to date.

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. There are 533,013 patients who have tested negative to date.

New Jersey cases total 167,426
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of June 17 there are 167,426 cases of COVID-19 and 12,727 deaths. There are 7,393 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 522 people have died. Hunterdon County reports 1,042 cases and 66 deaths.

Gov. Wolf: Four universities receive funding for COVID-19 response through Manufacturing Innovation Challenge
Gov. Tom Wolf today announced the seven project awardees of $174,603 in new funding through the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program COVID-19 Challenge to address the commonwealth’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


SBA and Treasury announce new PPP EZ Forgiveness Application, revised Full Forgiveness applications also available
Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, user-friendly Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant opens in Newtown
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant opened the doors to its 17th overall location today at 2920 S. Eagle Road in Newtown. Iron Hill Newtown saw significant opening and construction setbacks due to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent business shutdowns. In accordance with Gov. Tom Wolf’s legislation regarding business regulations in yellow phase counties, Iron Hill Newtown was granted allowance to open with outdoor seating, curbside pickup, takeout and delivery.

Health & Wellness

Hospital Leaders voice financial concerns after three months of COVID-19
Even as cases decline and the state continues to reopen, the financial impacts of COVID-19 remain a deep concern for Pennsylvania’s hospitals and health systems. On March 19, the governor and Department of Health called for the cancellation of scheduled services and procedures. Hospitals followed orders to create extra capacity for a surge in COVID-19 patients, and purchasing critical supplies and protective equipment. Some hospitals now have been forced to make heartbreaking decisions––including layoffs and furloughs––to address immense financial challenges.