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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - May 12, 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, 837 new positives bring statewide total to 57,991
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon May 12, that there are 837 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 57,991 All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 75 new deaths and a total to 3,806 deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 4,164 cases and 364 deaths; Chester County 1,929 cases and 189 deaths; Delaware County 5,084 cases and 405 deaths; Lehigh County 3,286 cases and 123 deaths; Montgomery County 5,442 cases and 534 deaths; Northampton County 2,499 cases and 161 deaths; Philadelphia 15,218 cases and 871 deaths. The deaths have occurred over the past several weeks.

New Jersey reports 139,945 positive COVID-19 cases
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of May 12, there are 139,945 cases of COVID-19 cases and 9,310 deaths. There are 5,426 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 349 people have died. On May 11, Hunterdon County reported 723 cases and 45 deaths. Alexandria Township listed nine cases; Clinton Town 25 cases and one death; Clinton Township 60 cases and four deaths; Delaware 15 cases; East Amwell 13 cases; Flemington 49 cases and one death; Frenchtown 6 cases; Kingwood Township 13 cases; Lambertville City 21 cases and three deaths; Milford three cases; Raritan Township 143 cases and 17 deaths; West Amwell 16 cases and two deaths. Stockton Borough continues to report zero cases.

$188.94 billion processed for more than $2.5 million loans in second round of PPP
In the PPP Round Two so far, 2,571,167 approved loans totaling a guaranteed amount of nearly $188.94 billion have been processed via 5,463 lenders, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. These numbers show that over 4.2 million small businesses have received loans for over $531 billion since the start of the PPP Program. Over $120 billion remains available in PPP funding at this time. The program closes, as per the CARES Act mandates, June 30.


Department of Human Services supports child care providers’ COVID-19 mitigation efforts as counties transition to reopening
As child care providers across Pennsylvania reopen in counties transitioning to the yellow phase in Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan, the Department of Human Services (DHS) is committed to supporting this crucial industry and the families of young children who depend on it.

PennDOT to use existing photos for driver license and identification card renewals
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that PennDOT will use existing photos on file for customers who renew their driver’s license and identification card. “Using a customer’s existing photo will help limit the number of people in our driver and photo license centers, and by extension, help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19,” said Acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “This new process is not only a convenience, but it will help to keep our customers and staff safe.”


Cash toll collecting to resume tomorrow night at seven Bridge Commission toll plazas
The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) today reminded motorists that cash toll collections are scheduled to resume 11 p.m. tomorrow, May 13, at the agency’s seven New Jersey-Pennsylvania barrier toll plazas. Commission toll collectors will return to accept cash and provide change during the Wednesday overnight shift at the following seven river crossings: Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1) Toll Bridge, New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202) Toll Bridge, I-78 Toll Bridge, Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22) Toll Bridge, Portland-Columbia Toll Bridge, Delaware Water Gap (I-80) Toll Bridge, and Milford-Montage (Route 206) Toll Bridge.


New Hope Borough Council hosts reopening roundtable discussions
New Hope’s shops and restaurants will eventually reopen, and when they do, borough council wants to be sure that local merchants receive all the support they need to survive and thrive as the coronavirus pandemic eases. Council, working with the New Hope Chamber of Commerce, will host a series of video roundtable discussions to start the planning. The first roundtable, for New Hope Borough merchants only, will be held via Zoom at 1 p.m. Friday, May 15. A separate meeting for restaurant owners and managers will be held the following week.

Any New Hope Borough merchants interested in attending the May 15 Zoom event, should email Laura Kent at, by 3 p.m. Thursday, May 14.

Bucks engineering firm designs portable mask sanitizer
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and the shortage of N95 masks and PPE in the supply chain, Chant Engineering Co. Inc. of New Britain has designed the Puratizer, a low-cost portable mask sanitizer unit to sanitize masks in just five minutes. Using this unit, masks can be reused up to 10 times each. This will not only save costs on PPE purchases but will also help alleviate the current supply chain shortages.


Phoebe Ministries launches “Connecting Hearts” matching campaign
Phoebe Ministries launched “Connecting Hearts” matching fundraising campaign in celebration of National Skilled Nursing Care Week. Since COVID-19 is hitting nursing homes and long-term care facilities particularly hard, Phoebe is asking potential donors to match $25,000 that was donated by Cura Hospitality and Citizens Bank to fund the unbudgeted expenses incurred from the effects of the COVID-19 virus on Phoebe’s four continuing care retirement campuses. Expenses for front-line workers include, personal protective equipment or PPE, hazard pay and specialized infection control.

Arts & Culture

Art and food intersect during virtual Michener Museum programs
The Michener Art Museum is serving up a full day of virtual programming, intersecting the cultures of art and food, Friday, May 15, for Foodie Friday. As the museum doors remain temporarily closed to the public, the Michener staff is responding to an increased appetite for more virtual offerings. As May 15 is National Pizza Party Day, the team cooked up an assortment of programs to appeal to all ages and tastes, intertwining culinary themes with the Michener’s historic collection, upcoming exhibitions, and local partnerships. All programming is virtual. Zoom links will be provided after registration. For information and registration, visit

Education, Courses & Online Learning

Pennsylvania students plead for ‘real’ graduations
More than 500 petitions from across the country have been started by students and parents, whose dreams of walking the stage, or watching their child wearing a cap and gown at a commencement ceremony, have been dashed by the coronavirus crisis.