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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - May 13, 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.

New Jersey announces COVID-19 cases reach almost 150,000
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of May 13, the number of COVID-19 cases in the state has reached 140,748 and the total of deaths is at 9,508. There are 5,499 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 360 people have died. Hunterdon County reported that as of May 12, the number of cases was 729 and 45 people have died.

PA Department of Health confirms 707 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bring statewide total to 58,698
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of noon May 13, there are 707 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 58,698. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. As a result of continued work to reconcile data from various sources, the state is reporting an increase of 137 new deaths today, bringing the statewide total to 3,943 deaths in Pennsylvania. These deaths have occurred over the past several weeks. The number of confirmed cases by county in the region is as follows: Bucks, 4,166 cases and 373 deaths; Chester, 1,955 cases and 197 deaths; Delaware, 5,157 cases and 419 deaths; Lehigh, 3,318 cases and 129 deaths; Montgomery, 5,513 cases and 556 deaths; Northampton, 2,518 cases and 162 deaths; and Philadelphia, 15,376 cases and 904 deaths.


Department of Health distributes drug to help treat COVID-19 patients in hospitals
The Department of Health yesterdaye distributed the investigational antiviral medication, remdesivir, to treat patients in the hospital with COVID-19. The federal government distributed the first shipment of 1,200 doses to the department on May 12, and this entire allotment has been shipped to Pennsylvania hospitals.

Senate hearing causes PA Department of Health to reverse course on COVID-19 testing
After a Senate hearing last week highlighted inadequacies in COVID-19 testing in long-term care facilities, the Wolf Administration has reversed course and announced it will begin widespread testing of residents and employees, according to Senator Bob Mensch (R-24).

Gov. Wolf announces inclusion of gender identity, sexual orientation or expression in COVID-19 data collection
Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday announced ways the LGBTQ community in Pennsylvania will be counted in COVID-19 data. As counties in the commonwealth move from the red stay-at-home order to the aggressive mitigation efforts of the yellow phase, the Department of Health will conduct extensive case history investigations as part of contact tracing on those who test positive for the virus. The department has chosen to work with Sara Alert, a new data-collection platform and has requested a system modification to the platform to collect sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data.

Department of Human Services reminds Pennsylvanians online services are available
The Department of Human Services (DHS) is reminding Pennsylvanians that while all county assistance offices (CAOs) statewide remain closed to the public, online services remain available. CAOs in counties moving to the yellow phase will reopen following adjustments to facilities necessary to keep staff and clients safe. Pennsylvanians are encouraged to use DHS’ online applications and resources to apply for benefits or submit paperwork as necessary.


PennDOT extends expiration dates on vehicle registrations, vehicle inspections and other products
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced yesterday that expiration dates for vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.


Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex counties join forces to develop business re-opening plan
The Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex County Freeholders said they are working together to develop a regional plan to re-open local businesses that are struggling financially as a result of Gov. Phil Murphy’s shut-down orders. All three counties are calling it critical to re-start local businesses, as none of the three have received any direct federal or state stimulus money. The three Boards of Chosen Freeholders have instructed their administrations, health departments, and other resources to prepare a plan in conjunction with Murphy’s Executive Orders to get their local businesses and the economy back-up and running. Once prepared, the plan for a progressive reopening of the region will be submitted to Murphy.

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PA Secretary of Agriculture asks shoppers to respect essential workers by wearing a mask
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding reminded Pennsylvanians today about the importance of mutual respect when patronizing Pennsylvania's essential businesses – whether it be a grocery store, farmers market, restaurant or hardware store. Business operators and their employees are working hard to protect each other and their consumers in a safe, clean environment.