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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - May 14, 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; 938 new positives bring statewide total to 59,636
The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed that as of noon today, May 14, there are 938 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 59,636. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting a total of 4,218 deaths in Pennsylvania, an increase from 3,943 total deaths reported yesterday. There were 44 new deaths reported overnight; the remaining 231 were reported as a result of a reconciliation of data over the past several weeks. This means the department added 275 total deaths to the data. Bucks County reports 4,248 cases and 395 deaths; Chester County 2,008 cases and 213 deaths; Delaware County 5,252 cases and 448 deaths; Lehigh County 3,378 cases and 133 deaths; Montgomery County 5,583 cases and 587 deaths; Northampton County 2,566 cases and 182 deaths; Philadelphia 15,624 cases and 1,000 deaths. The deaths have occurred over the past several weeks.


New Jersey COVID-19 cases near 143,000; death toll tops 9,900
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of May 14, the number of COVID-19 cases in the state has reached 142,704 and the total number of deaths is at 9,946. As of May 13, there are 5,612 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 374 people have died. Hunterdon County reported that the number of positive COVID-19 cases was 764 and 48 people have died.


Government

State Rep. Ullman introduces bill to guarantee admission to community college graduates in good standing to PASSHE
State Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-Bucks, announced today she has introduced a bill (H.B. 2447) that would create a guaranteed pathway for students to transfer from a community college to a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) institution by creating an Associate Degree for Transfer Program. Students who complete this program would be able to transfer with junior standing in their field of study.
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HHS awards $426,705 to support telehealth providers in Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 pandemic
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $426,705 to four organizations in Pennsylvania to increase telehealth capabilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nationally, $15 million was awarded to 159 organizations across five health workforce programs. These awards demonstrate the Trump Administration’s continued efforts and commitment to building a national telehealth infrastructure.
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Business

Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen more N.J. businesses
Gov. Phil Murphy Wednesday announced the first steps being made to reopen sectors of New Jersey's economy. Among the initial first steps, he said, are: Easing restrictions on non-essential construction, subject to social distancing and mitigation protocols. It will take effect at 6 a.m. Monday, May 18 and will include all types of construction previously shut down via Executive Order 122; and Curbside pick-up will be permitted starting at 6 a.m. Monday, May 18 for all non-essential retail establishments previously closed via Executive Order 107 and is available via both vehicle and on foot. For the updated list of business that may now be open, visit https://faq.business.nj.gov/en/articles/3820777-does-my-business-need-to-be-closed.


Pennsylvania says audit of business closure waiver process progressing
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said his audit of the waiver process for businesses that appealed Gov. Tom Wolf's COVID-19 shutdown order is moving forward. "Business owners deserve to know if waivers were granted consistently and without undue outside influence," DePasquale said. "Because COVID-19 is going to be with us for a while, I want to make sure the waiver process truly reflects the delicate balance of protecting lives and livelihoods." DePasquale announced on April 30 that he would audit the waiver process being managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED). On March 19, Wolf ordered that businesses that were not categorized as "life-sustaining" must close their physical locations to help slow the spread of COVID-19.


Community Support

TMA Bucks donates 200 masks to SEPTA
TMA Bucks announced it is donating 200 masks to SEPTA in an effort to assist in providing frontline workers at the transit authority with adequate face coverings. The masks will be distributed to SEPTA employees working routes/lines throughout Bucks County.
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Health & Wellness

Hunterdon Relay for Life: Ninth year together and first apart
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Relay for Life of Hunterdon County unfortunately must cancel its planned 12-hour, in-person gathering at Nex Level Sports Arena in Flemington, N.J. “However, this doesn’t mean we want to lose the magic that this event holds,” said event co-organizer Lindsey Blaser. “So a virtual luminaria ceremony is being held on June 6 via Instagram and Facebook Live. Be sure to follow our accounts @relayforhunterdon (Instagram) & @HunterdonCountyRelay (Facebook) to stay informed and updated on this event. Despite this being our first year apart, we want every community member to know that Relay for Life will still be offering the opportunity to reflect and remember all those in our lives touched by cancer.”

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