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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - June 5, 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, 443 new positives bring statewide total to 74,385
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon June 5 that there are 443 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 74,385. Today, the state is reporting 69 new deaths and a total to 5,886 total deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 5,197 cases and a total of 525 deaths; Chester County 2,959 cases and 296 deaths; Delaware County 6,608 cases and 591 deaths; Lehigh County 3,829 cases and 245 deaths; Montgomery County 7,417 cases and 721 deaths; Northampton County 3,136 cases and 229 deaths; Philadelphia 18,977 cases and 1,399 deaths. There are 424,201 patients in the state who have tested negative to date. In the state there are 620 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 70 percent. In the June 4 briefing, the Bucks County number of cases was reported as 5,758 when it should have been 5,158.


Online grocery purchasing for SNAP recipients now available, retailers encouraged to join program
The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced that the system changes necessary to implement the pilot program that lets recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) purchase groceries online through participating retailers have been completed, and online grocery purchasing is now active at approved retailers.

176 More Fine Wine & Good Spirits begin limited in-store public access today in Yellow Phase counties
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today announced that 176 more Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in counties designated in the yellow phase of COVID-19 mitigation efforts will resume limited in-store public access beginning Friday, June 5, abiding by guidance for businesses issued by the Wolf Administration detailing social distancing requirements and other best practices in the interest of public health and safety.


Fitzpatrick set to visit Chant Engineering
U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-01) will visit Chant Engineering Co. Inc. in New Britain Tuesday, June 9, for a Factory Tour and to see the company’s new Puratize™ Puratizer Portable PPE Face Mask Sanitizer Unit. Designed by company engineering staff, the Puratizer portable mask sanitizer unit sanitizes masks in five minutes. Using this unit, masks can be reused up to 10 times per mask. Visit the company online for information.

Fred’s Breakfast opens for outside dining
Today at 12:01 a.m., Bucks County entered the yellow phase of reopening. In this phase, restaurants can be open with certain restrictions with outside dining only. Fred’s Breakfast opened at 8 a.m. at the outside seating area at New Hope’s Landing Restaurant.

Photographs by Gordon Nieburg.

Fred Williamson, former New Hope fire marshal, gives his breakfast order to a Landing waitress. Fred’s Breakfast was named after him.

Community Support

Lehigh Valley Community Foundation establishes Upper Bucks COVID-19 Response Fund
Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has established the Upper Bucks COVID-19 Response Fund for immediate needs in the wake of the crisis. The fund will deploy resources to nonprofits providing assistance (primarily, safety net services) to Upper Bucks County residents.

St. Luke’s bringing comfort to the COVID-quarantined homeless
When Eugene Kozma tested positive for the COVID-19 virus at the St. Luke’s Bethlehem ER in mid-April, he was told to self-quarantine at home since he wasn’t sick enough to be hospitalized. That news left the Bethlehem man concerned and a bit confused.


Webinar examines financial elder abuse
Financial elder abuse is a growing concern, with 4 million cases of elder abuse reported last year. The elderly are often bilked out of their savings, investments, and even homes by caretakers, family members, and con artists.