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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - June 29, 2020

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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.
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Department of Health provides update on COVID-19, 492 positives bring statewide total to 85,988
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon, June 29, that there are 492 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 85,988. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,614 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 8 new deaths. Bucks County reports 5,729 cases and a total of 563 deaths; Chester County 3,677 cases and 323 deaths; Delaware County 7,170 cases and 653 deaths; Lehigh County 4,220 cases and 294 deaths; Montgomery County 8,413 cases and 798 deaths; Northampton County 3,407 cases and 266 deaths; Philadelphia 21,512 cases and 1,595 deaths.

There are 633 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 666,901 patients who have tested negative to date.


New Jersey cases total 171,182
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of June 29 there are 171,182 cases of COVID-19 and 13,121 deaths. There are 7,634 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 540 people have died. In Mercer County, there are 9 new cases and also 38 probable deaths from COVID-19. Hunterdon County reports 1,074 cases and 68 deaths plus 55 probable deaths from COVID-19. There are 9 new cases in Hunterdon County.


Philadelphia officials are reconsidering moving the city to the green phase of reopening next week
Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said Friday that Philadelphia is not ready to move to green based on the current number of positive Covid-19 cases, according to Philadelphia Business Journal. The city is scheduled to enter the green phase on July 3, allowing many businesses closed by the pandemic to reopen with restrictions on occupancy.

The city’s targets for reopening include having fewer than 80 positive cases per day or a percent-positive case rate of less than 4 percent, but the city’s numbers sit at more than 100 positive cases diagnosed per day with percent-positive rate between 5 percent and 6 percent.


Government

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman urges Pennsylvanians to apply for rent and mortgage relief through CARES Act
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is reminding Pennsylvanians who qualify to apply for housing-related financial assistance through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency after applications are made available on June 29.
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Business

Sen. Collett announces COVID-19 Relief small business grant program application window
Sen. Maria Collett (D-12 Montgomery/Bucks) said a new COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance grant program (“PA Small Business Grant Program”) will open for applications on Tuesday, June 30. The first round of applications will remain open for 10 business days and is not first-come, first-served. After those ten days, applications will continue to be accepted for future rounds.
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Arts, Culture & Recreation

Karl Stirner Arts Trail Board of Governance imposes new restrictions to limit large crowds
Due to a recent uptick in out-of-town visitors to the Karl Stirner Arts Trail in Easton, new restrictions are being put into place.
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Bucks museums form reopening alliance
As COVID-19 restrictions across the region begin to lift, museums and cultural attractions across Bucks County have joined forces to share strategies in preparation for the reopening of their institutions to the public. The newly formed Bucks County Museum Alliance boasts many well-known and historic local museums and historical societies, and was initiated with leadership from the Bucks County Children’s Museum, Bucks County Historical Society, Doylestown Historical Society, Michener Art Museum, Pearl S. Buck House, and the African American Museum of Bucks County.
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Health & Wellness

Blood test at COVID-19 diagnosis can predict disease severity, study finds
Doctors can examine COVID-19 patients’ blood to identify those at greatest risk of severe illness and to pinpoint those most likely to need a ventilator, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests.
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