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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - May 11, 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.
 

PA Department of Health provides update on COVID-19, 543 new positives bring statewide total to 57,154
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon May 11, that there are 543 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 57,154. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 24 new deaths and a total to 3,731 deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 4,028 cases and 349 deaths; Chester County 1,884 cases and 187 deaths; Delaware County 5,046 cases and 399 deaths; Lehigh County 3,259 cases and 121 deaths; Montgomery County 5,292 cases and 525 deaths; Northampton County 2,465 cases and 160 deaths; Philadelphia 15,008 cases and 857 deaths. The deaths have occurred over the past several weeks.


New Jersey reports 138,532 positive COVID-19 cases
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of May 11, there are 138,532 cases of COVID-19 cases and 9,255 deaths. There are 5,393 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 340 people have died. On May 10, Hunterdon County reported 714 cases and 45 deaths. Alexandria Township listed nine cases; Clinton Town 24 cases and one death; Clinton Township 59 cases and four deaths; Delaware 15 cases; East Amwell 13 cases; Flemington 47 cases and one death; Frenchtown 6 cases; Kingwood Township 13 cases; Lambertville City 21 cases and three deaths; Milford three cases; Raritan Township 140 cases and 17 deaths; West Amwell 16 cases and two deaths. Stockton Borough continues to report zero cases.


Government

HHS distributes $323,633,599 to Pennsylvania hospitals heavily impacted by COVID-19 pandemic
The Department of Health and Human Services is distributing $12 billion allocated for a targeted distribution to hospitals in areas that have been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, including $323,633,599 to hospitals in Pennsylvania. The $175 billion in relief funding to hospitals and other health care providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response is provided through the bipartisan CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.
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PA Primary voters can vote by mail-In ballot or in-person in all counties on June 2
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar reminds voters that they have their choice of voting by mail-in ballot or going to their polling place on June 2, primary election day. While in person voting will be available for counties in the red phase of reopening, the Wolf administration is encouraging all voters to apply for a mail-in ballot at https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/OnlineAbsenteeApplication/#/OnlineAbsenteeBegin.
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Casey leads bipartisan push to expand delivery for SNAP recipients during pandemic
Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), led a bipartisan group of his colleagues in calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to immediately work to ensure SNAP participants can receive home food delivery and curbside pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, Casey urged the USDA to address this problem after his office received a phone call from a constituent who cannot safely leave home to travel to the grocery store, yet was denied home delivery as a SNAP recipient.
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Hunterdon County Health Department helps fight COVID-19 in care centers
Hunterdon County, N.J., has supplied long-term care facilities, and the independent living facility in the county, with over 72,000 units of personal protective equipment (PPE) and 70 COVID-19 test kits, as part of the county Health Department’s efforts to assist the facilities in preventing the spread of COVID-19, Freeholder Board Deputy Director Sue Soloway reported at the May 5 board meeting, held by teleconference.
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PennDOT reopens additional roadside rest areas
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reopening indoor facilities at three additional rest areas statewide. PennDOT’s rest areas were temporarily closed statewide on March 17 in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19 to ensure that proper safety and sanitation protocols were in place. Many rest areas across Pennsylvania have since reopened. Additional cleaning and maintenance will be performed at all reopened locations. Tourism services are not available at this time.
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Business

Wolf Administration releases information regarding approved business exemptions
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has released information pertaining to the 6,066 approved business exemptions provided to businesses that could offer life-sustaining services or conduct life-sustaining activities across the commonwealth. A map of approved exemptions by county can be found at https://dced.pa.gov/covid-19-exempt-businesses/
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Insurance Department warns of risks, increased liability with non-compliance of business closure orders
Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman reminds businesses of the importance of complying with Gov. Tom Wolf and Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine’s orders – for counties in both the red and yellow phases.
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Community Support

Brothers raise thousands to buy and deliver food to health care workers
Darin and Brandon Michaels, students at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, N.J., knew there was a need to help their community when COVID-19 hit their town hard. With school moving to an at-home environment and their activities being canceled, they wanted to make better use of their time by helping out.
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Darin Michaels, a junior at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, and Brandon Michaels, a freshman at Hunterdon Central Regional, pick up food from Theresa’s Café in Flemington, N.J.


Quakertown junior inspires food drive
Not your typical 17-year-old, Mason Smith has accomplished quite a bit in his young life. He’s a black belt in karate, earned his Eagle Scout rank with Boy Scout Troop 87, and is a junior councilman with Quakertown Borough. Recently, the Quakertown Community High School junior was thinking about the COVID-19 pandemic and his legacy. “What will I be able to tell my grandchildren about what I did” during these unusual times?” he said in an interview.
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Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission offers meetings on municipal assistance
DVRPC is hosting a series of technical assistance webinars. AICP Certification Maintenance credit is pending for some of the webinars. Included are Adapting Streets for Safe Outdoor Social Distancing 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, May 15; Best Practices for facilitating remote meetings, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19; Bike Sharing, Bike Libraries and Bike Matching 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, May 22; Tips for Successful Telework 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26. Contact https://www.dvrpc.org/COVID19resources/


Arts & Culture

McCarter Theatre Center lays off 70 percent of staff due to COVID-19 closure
Due to the ongoing economic and social impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, N.J., said it has made the difficult decision to lay off more than 70% of its staff, as of May 15.


New Jersey Virtual Navy Week features first Spanish language livestream
The Navy Office of Community Outreach is celebrating New Jersey Virtual Navy Week this week, May 11 to 15. As part of that, the Navy is conducting its first-ever Spanish language live stream on its Facebook page, facebook.com/NavyOutreach, with two sailors participating in the virtual Navy Week from Navy Band Northeast. Navy Musician 3rd Class Abraham Olivo, a native of Puerto Rico, will be interviewed live at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 13. Olivo, a 2005 graduate of the Boston Arts Academy, joined the Navy for the opportunity to have a full-time job in music.

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