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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - June 19, 2020

Bucks County set to go green June 26
Governor Tom Wolf today announced that 12 more counties, including Bucks, will move to the green phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 26. These counties also include Berks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna.

Philadelphia County met the criteria and will move to the state’s green phase on June 26; however, local officials will maintain some additional restrictions until July 3. The Wolf Administration has supported specific county requests for more restrictions throughout the phased reopening process.

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, 526 positives bring statewide total to 80,762
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon, June 19, that there are 526 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 80,762. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,399 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 38 new deaths. Bucks County reports 5,510 cases and a total of 551 deaths; Chester County 3,437 cases and 313 deaths; Delaware County 7,003 cases and 634 deaths; Lehigh County 4,024 cases and 277 deaths; Montgomery County 8,046 cases and 780 deaths; Northampton County 3,284 cases and 250 deaths; Philadelphia 20,404 cases and 1,550 deaths.

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 556,456 patients who have tested negative to date.

New Jersey cases total 167,703
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of June 19 there are 168,107 cases of COVID-19 and 12,800 deaths. There are 7,463 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 525 people have died. Hunterdon County reports 1,050 cases and 67 deaths.


Group of 25 Republican lawmakers sign on to impeachment articles against Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf
The Center Square: A group of 25 Republican lawmakers is renewing its quest to have Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf impeached, despite an evident lack of appetite among GOP leaders and the majority of their fellow legislators to pursue the idea.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate at 13.1% in May
Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for May. The May unemployment and jobs surveys collected data that referenced the week from May 10 – 16 prior to many counties moving to the yellow phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Wolf: Mask-wearing is required, critical to stop COVID-19 spread
Gov. Tom Wolf yesterday 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.

Department of Health applies for $301 million federal grant to strengthen COVID-19 response
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said the Department of Health has applied for a more than $301 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to strengthen state and local public health capacity in Pennsylvania.

Reopening Phase orders updated to include eight additional counties moving to Green on June 19
Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine have signed amended green phase orders for the eight counties moving to green today, June 19. The counties include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Monroe, Perry, Pike and Schuylkill.

With these orders effective at 12:01 a.m., there will be 54 counties in green and 13 counties in yellow.
Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania includes details of each phase of reopening, can be found here:

Department of Health distributes fifth shipment of drug to help treat COVID-19 patients in hospitals
The Department of Health distributed the fifth shipment of the investigational antiviral medication, remdesivir, to treat patients in the hospital with COVID-19. Yesterday, 4,788 doses of medication were sent to 82 hospitals, including St. Mary Medical Center, Doylestown Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital - Bethlehem. The federal government distributed the shipment to the department on Wednesday, June 17.

Department of Health: More than 4,000 close contacts of COVID-19 cases identified, monitored through contact tracing efforts across Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today announced more than 4,000 close contacts of COVID-19 cases have been identified and monitored to date through the contact tracing efforts of 500 trained contact tracers throughout the state, including 130 state health nurses. These efforts include the support from the six county health departments and four municipal health departments who have primary responsibility for all efforts inside their jurisdiction.


“Celebrate Our Towns” - Towns unite to help local businesses
As local businesses begin to re-open in Lambertville and New Hope, over 3,000 face masks will be delivered to local retailers and restaurants; the result of a partnership between New Hope Celebrates, the City of Lambertville, New Hope Borough, Visit Bucks County and the Delaware River Towns.

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Celebrate Our Towns masks are an effort to support businesses in New Hope and Lambertville.


Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site announces layoffs, cancels Halloween event
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site said it has laid off about 40% of its staff, implemented salary reductions, and made deep cuts to its operating budget as a result of the financial impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The organization is also suspending its popular Halloween fundraiser, Terror Behind the Walls, for 2020.

Delaware River Mill Society cancels 2020 Progressive Dinner
The Delaware River Mill Society has canceled its 2020 Progressive Dinner due to ongoing concerns about the global pandemic. The 2021 event is now scheduled for April 10.

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