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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - June 2, 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, 612 new positives bring statewide total to 72,894
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon June 2 that there are 612 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 72,894. Today, the state is reporting 100 new deaths and a total to 5,667 total deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 5,716 cases and a total of 515 deaths; Chester County 2,823 cases and 284 deaths; Delaware County 6,490 cases and 567 deaths; Lehigh County 3,780 cases and 235 deaths; Montgomery County 7,172 cases and 696 deaths; Northampton County 3,108 cases and 213 deaths; Philadelphia 18,703 cases and 1,346 deaths. There are 399,361 patients in the state who have tested negative to date. In the state there are 616 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 has been 67 percent.

New Jersey cases total 160,918
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of June 2, there were 160,918 cases of COVID-19 and 11,721 deaths. There are 7004 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 477 people have died. Hunterdon County reports 996 cases and 60 deaths. Yesterday’s briefing reported Mercer County statistics incorrectly. As of June 1, there were 6,961 cases and 475 deaths.


L&I holding Unemployment Compensation Virtual Town Hall on Thursday
The PA Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is hosting a live virtual town hall from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 4, to share information about Pennsylvania’s regular unemployment compensation (UC) and other new COVID-19-related benefits programs. A livestream for people with smart devices or computer access will be online at Those without internet access can listen by calling 1-833-380-0719, however access is limited. Participants will be able to ask questions live during the town hall. At the beginning of the event, the moderator will explain how to submit questions. To protect participants’ personal confidential information, questions about individual claims cannot be answered during the town hall.

PA Turnpike announces 500 fare-collection layoffs due to coronavirus impacts
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission today announced that the cashless, All-Electronic Tolling (AET) system instituted March 16 to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus will become permanent – a decision that will result in the layoff of approximately 500 employees, primarily toll collectors and fare-collection personnel. The personnel action was unanimously approved by PTC commissioners today at a bimonthly public meeting. "I deeply regret that we have reached this point, but the world has been irrevocably changed by the global pandemic," said PTC CEO Mark P. Compton. "This pandemic had a much greater impact than anyone could have foreseen. The PA Turnpike has not been spared from COVID-19."

Departments of Health and Aging highlight efforts to protect seniors, vulnerable Pennsylvanians
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary of Aging Robert Torres Monday, highlighted efforts to protect seniors and other vulnerable Pennsylvanians.

Ullman, Santarsiero, other lawmakers ask Wolf to OK youth baseball, softball
State Rep. Wendy Ullman and state Sen. Steve Santarsiero were joined by state Reps. Perry Warren, Tina Davis and John Galloway in asking Gov. Tom Wolf to issue an executive order allowing the resumption of youth baseball and softball in counties in the yellow or green phase of reopening.

LeadingAge PA thanks Gov. Wolf for signing emergency CARES Act funding
Adam Marles, president and CEO of LeadingAge PA, the voice for nonprofit senior care in Pennsylvania, yesterday issued the following statement as Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law $500 million in emergency funds for long-term care facilities: “We give our sincere thanks to Gov. Wolf and the General Assembly for recognizing the extraordinary costs borne during this crisis by long-term care providers in passage of Emergency CARES Act funding. This is a great step in supporting all nursing facilities and long-term care providers across Pennsylvania, particularly our LeadingAge PA members. LeadingAge PA continues to advocate for liability protections of its members — and a need to recommit to Medicaid funding at appropriate levels next year. Years of flat funding have left nursing homes without an ability to make large-scale investments in the staff and care our older adults deserve.”

Department of Human Services provides guidance for parents with children returning to child care
The Department of Human Services (DHS) today released a Frequently Asked Questions guide for families in need of child care and parents with children that will be returning to a child care facility in counties moving to the yellow or green phase of reopening. DHS has previously issued guidance to child care providers in counties that have moved to the yellow phase.


Peddler’s Village to re-open in Yellow Phase, planned for June 5
Peddler’s Village will re-open to the public on the first day of the “yellow phase”—expected to be on Friday, June 5—with expanded outdoor dining, weekend sidewalk sales, and new safety measures to protect the health of guests, merchants, and employees.

Community Support

Pandemic coping for kids straight from the (therapy) horse’s mouth
The therapy horses and staff of Team Velvet Inc., a nonmounted horse therapy program for children ages 5 to 12, have made two videos designed to help children cope with COVID-19 stress. Scripted by lead psychologist Dr. Susan Edwards and videographed by Media Director Lillian Shupe, the videos present a unique format for the three therapy horses Velvet, Precious, and Little Annie to reach children.

Community partners provide 288 meals a week to families in need
NRG Energy, Inc. has partnered with HomeFront in Lawrenceville, N.J., and local area restaurants to fund and deliver meals to HomeFront families and individuals who are residing in local motels during this crisis.


Tohickon Middle School to recognize students
On Friday, June 5, Tohickon Middle School in Doylestown will take to the skies with a special message for its students. For an hour between noon and 1 p.m. the school has arranged to have a banner pulled by a plane that wishes the students, and especially the graduating ninth-graders, best of luck as they enter summer break. This plane will depart from Pennridge Airport and will fly over the zip codes in which Tohickon students live.


PennDOT Driver License Centers to resume driver’s skills tests
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that beginning Tuesday, June 2, driver’s skills test, including motorcycle skills test, will resume at reopened Driver License Centers. Customers whose driver’s skills tests were canceled due to the COVID-19 emergency will be given priority in rescheduling skills tests by contacting the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services Call Center at 717-412-5300. All other customers will be able to schedule a skills tests in the appointment system beginning June 20.