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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - June 18, 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, 418 positives bring statewide total to 80,236
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon, June 18, that there are 418 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 80,236. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,361 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 42 new deaths. Bucks County reports 5,498 cases and a total of 549 deaths; Chester County 3,397 cases and 312 deaths; Delaware County 6,981 cases and 631 deaths; Lehigh County 3,997 cases and 276 deaths; Montgomery County 8,014 cases and 773 deaths; Northampton County 3,270 cases and 249 deaths; Philadelphia 20,276 cases and 1,540 deaths. There are 496,589 patients in the state who have tested negative to date.

There are 630 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 543,832 patients who have tested negative to date.
Mask wearing is required in all businesses in yellow and green phases of reopening. The importance of masks even in counties in the green phase could have lasting effects as a COVID-19 surge is possible this fall.

New Jersey cases total 167,703
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of June 18 there are 167,703 cases of COVID-19 and 12,769 deaths. There are 7,416 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 524 people have died. Hunterdon County reports 1,049 cases and 67 deaths.


Pennsylvania Capitol Building to reopen to public on June 22
The Department of General Services announced the Pennsylvania Capitol building will reopen to the public with modified prevention protocols on June 22. The reopening follows Dauphin County moving to the green phase of the COVID-19 pandemic on June 19.

Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania is one of three states recognized by CDC for COVID-19 reduction success
As states across the country begin to reopen and nearly half are seeing COVID-19 cases rise, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that Pennsylvania is not one of them. Yesterday at a daily COVID briefing with Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, he noted another milestone: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proprietary data for states indicates that Pennsylvania is one of just three states that has had a downward trajectory of COVID-19 cases for more than 42 days. The other two states are Montana and Hawaii.

Library curbside pickup resumes in Hunterdon County
Non-contact materials pickup at Hunterdon County’s Main and North Branch libraries resumed June 15, after a New Jersey attorney general ruling halted the program earlier this month, Hunterdon County Freeholder Board Director Shaun C. Van Doren reported at the June 16 Freeholder meeting.

HHS awards nearly $3.5 million to PA to grow, train heath workforce
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is providing $3,461,149 to recipients in Pennsylvania to increase their health workforce in rural and underserved communities.

Gov. Wolf: Mask-wearing is required, critical to stop COVID-19 spread
Gov. Tom Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians that mask-wearing is required when entering any business in all counties in the state in both yellow and green phases of reopening. Masks are considered critical in stopping the spread of COVID, now and in preparation for a possible resurgence of the virus in the fall.


PECO expands assistance to customers facing financial hardships
PECO understands that many customers are currently facing financial hardship due to the impact COVID-19 has had in Southeastern Pennsylvania. In an effort to assist in the recovery of the region, the company is expanding payment options and financial assistance programs to help customers through this challenging time.