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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - June 26, 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, 600 positives bring statewide total to 84,370
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon, June 26, that there are 600 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 84,370. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,579 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 22 new deaths. Bucks County reports 5,676 cases and a total of 561 deaths; Chester County 3,607 cases and 322 deaths; Delaware County 7,117 cases and 651 deaths; Lehigh County 4,187 cases and 288 deaths; Montgomery County 8,301 cases and 794 deaths; Northampton County 3,360 cases and 263 deaths; Philadelphia 21,203 cases and 1,587 deaths.

There are 632 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 634,711 patients who have tested negative to date.
New Jersey cases total 170,584
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of June 25 there are 170,584 cases of COVID-19 and 13,069 deaths. There are 7,521 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 539 people have died. In Mercer County, there are 29 new cases and also 38 probable deaths from COVID-19. Hunterdon County reports 1,065 cases and 67 deaths plus 58 probable deaths from COVID-19.


Gov. Wolf: CARES Act funding now available to museums and cultural organizations
Today, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the availability of $20 million in grant funding for cultural organizations and museums to offset lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdown order. The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) today approved the program guidelines for the COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program, which is funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The program will be administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

FEMA awards nearly $2 million to help people cope with COVID-19-related stress
FEMA Region 3 has awarded nearly $2 million to help fund crisis counseling services for people struggling with mental health issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. As of June 25, Pennsylvania had received $754,391.

Secretary of Agriculture implores USDA to continue waiver to safeguard food bank employees, volunteers, clients
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue pleading for his continuance of Pennsylvania’s waiver for the need to collect client names and addresses and verify income eligibility for those receiving USDA Foods through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.
Wolf administration: Business loan deferrals extended for three months
Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced that the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA), and Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) are extending business loan deferrals by three additional calendar months.


Independent music venues, promoters seek federal financial support
More than 600 of nation’s most cherished musical artists and venues, including Lehigh Valley and Bucks County natives, have issued a letter to Congress asking legislators to provide urgent financial support for independent venues and promoters in the U.S., which are in grave peril due to the pandemic.

Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania businesses endorse mask-wearing to protect employees, customers, communities
Multiple research studies indicate the efficacy of mask-wearing to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Mask-wearing also has been called altruistic, a way to increase our freedoms, and a simple kindness. Today, Gov. Tom Wolf’s call to wear masks has been endorsed by Pennsylvania businesses that see mask-wearing as vital to protecting customers, employees, communities and their bottom lines.

Education and Online Learning

The Hun School offers customized summer enrichment courses for greater community
There is no denying that this summer will look different than past and future months, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking anything. In fact, the current situation is providing The Hun School in Princeton, N.J., an opportunity to get creative with how the summer months are spent. And this time around, the school has created long-lasting learning opportunities for students that reach far beyond the hot summer months.

Health & Wellness

COVID-19 patient discharged from St. Luke’s Warren after two and a half months
St. Luke’s Warren Campus discharged a COVID-19 patient after a 75-day stay and 54 days on a ventilator. Andrew Priliszh, 64, of Rahway, N.J., left the hospital Tuesday evening, bidding farewell to the staff that became a second family to him. The first thing he wants to do, he said, is have a T-bone steak, and he is looking forward to going fishing.


PennDOT extends expiration dates on driver licenses, ID cards, and learner’s permits
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced yesterday that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards and learner’s permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.