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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - June 8, 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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A Department of Health provides update on COVID-19, 351 new positives bring statewide total to 75,943
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon June 8 that there are 351 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 75,943. Today, the state is reporting 10 new deaths since Sunday, June 7, and a total to 5,953 total deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 5,261 cases and a total of 529 deaths; Chester County 3,053 cases and 297 deaths; Delaware County 6,688 cases and 597 deaths; Lehigh County 3,858 cases and 248 deaths; Montgomery County 7,582 cases and 725 deaths; Northampton County 3,151 cases and 232 deaths; Philadelphia 19,213 cases and 1,420 deaths. There are 451,387 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 is 71 percent.


New Jersey cases total 164,164
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of June 8, there are 163,530 cases of COVID-19 and 12,176 deaths. There are 7,166 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 501 people have died. Hunterdon County reports 1,023 cases and 64 deaths.


Government

Pennsylvania provides plan for reopening of state
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented event that has impacted every part of the globe. All Pennsylvanians – businesses, communities, neighbors – have been affected and the Commonwealth has responded aggressively to the spread of COVID-19.

As stabilization starts to occur, Pennsylvania plans to proceed with returning to work cautiously. On April 22, Governor Tom Wolf announced his detailed plan for reopening Pennsylvania, categorizing the reopening with three phrases: red, yellow, and green. Phases are based on the conditions in the county, counties, or regions. Visit the plan at https://www.governor.pa.gov/process-to-reopen-pennsylvania.


Wolf administration issues universal testing order for nursing homes, updates testing guidance for long-term care facilities
The Wolf administration today issued a universal testing order requiring all nursing homes to complete initial baseline testing no later than July 24. Additionally, the department issued updated testing guidance to all long-term care facilities (LTCFs) through the Health Alert Network (HAN).
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Business

New PPP rules changes give small businesses more options
The recently enacted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act provides additional clarity and flexibility for small business owners to meet the requirements of the PPP loan program created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. When the President signed the bipartisan legislation into law, it gave more time and discretion for when and how the loans can be spent to keep employees on payroll and keep up with accounts payable to further assist the nation’s economy’s recovery from COVID-19.

The SBA will issue rules and guidance, a modified application form, and a modified loan forgiveness application.
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Gov. Wolf announces $225 million grant program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19
Gov. Tom Wolf today announced a $225 million statewide grant program to support small businesses that were impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis and subsequent business closure order.

“As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and shift our focus toward reopening our commonwealth, we need to help all Pennsylvanians recover. We need to provide assistance for those who were hurt by the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn,” Gov. Wolf said. “This new program will provide direct support to impacted businesses to cover operating expenses during the shutdown and the transition to reopening.”
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Community Support

Special Equestrians receives COVID-19 Response Grant
Special Equestrians (SE) has accepted a $4,500 Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) COVID-19 Response Grant. FCP’s COVID-19 grant program provides support to Bucks County nonprofits that have remained open to provide essential services and those that were forced to close during the crisis. In addition, the grants are designed to help organizations provide remote services during the health crisis.
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Photo Caption:
Special Equestrians Executive Director Jill Rawlins shows a $4,500 Foundations Community Partnership COVID-19 Response Grant check with help from therapy horse Bear.
 
 


Palisades Community Foundation to continue providing meals through summer
Thanks to an outpouring of compassion and commitment from community members, Palisades Community Foundation will continue to provide free meals through the summer.
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Events
CB East graduates to host online conversation about race relations 
This Wednesday, June 10, at noon on Instagram Live, Central Bucks East graduates Selma Ahmed (@itsselmz) and Madeline Steuber (@madisteuber) will come together to host a conversation, Hey, We Gotta Talk, https://www.facebook.com/events/920526381801672, about how race relations impact students and community members of color in Doylestown and the surrounding areas.
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Steamtown National Historic Site cancels summer train excursions
Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) in Scranton remains temporarily closed and must cancel all planned railroad passenger excursions through Sept. 30. The safety of its visitors, staff, volunteers and destination partners remains paramount, and was a primary consideration in making this difficult decision, NHS said.
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