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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - May 15, 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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PA Department of Health provides update on COVID-19, 986 new positives bring statewide total to 60,622
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon May 15, that there are 986 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 60,622 All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 124 new deaths and a total to 4,432 total deaths in Pennsylvania. Of the 124 new deaths, 89 were a result of reconciliation over the last several weeks; 35 of the deaths were ones reported to the department within the last few days.

Bucks County reports 4,325 cases and 410 deaths; Chester County 2060 cases and 218 deaths; Delaware County 5,409 cases and 466 deaths; Lehigh County 3,396 cases and 136 deaths; Montgomery County 5,697 cases and 608 deaths; Northampton County 2,600 cases and 196 deaths; Philadelphia 15,835 cases and 1,004 deaths. The deaths have occurred over the past several weeks.


New Jersey COVID-19 cases near 144,000; death toll tops 10,000
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of May 15, the number of COVID-19 cases in the state has reached 143,905 and the total number of deaths is at 10,138. As of May 15, there are 5,673 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 386 people have died. Hunterdon County reported that the number of positive COVID-19 cases reached 777 and 49 people have died.


Government

Polinchock’s bill to allow safe real estate transactions headed to governor’s desk
Legislation to authorize the resumption of safe real estate transactions is on its way to the governor’s desk, said state Rep. Todd Polinchock (R-144), who authored the measure.
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Department of Agriculture highlights Pennsylvania food rescue, outlines steps to reduce food waste
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today highlighted the department’s efforts to reduce food waste and decrease stress on the food supply chain. He also outlined steps Pennsylvanians can take at home to reduce food waste and connect with organizations across the commonwealth working to recover food and distribute to those in need.
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Thirteen additional PA counties moving to Yellow Phase on May 15
Today, Pennsylvania’s yellow phase orders were amended to include 13 counties moving to the yellow phase at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, May 15. Those counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland.

The 13 counties join 24 counties that moved into the yellow phase on May 8: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, and Warren.
An announcement on additional counties is anticipated tomorrow, May 15.


Wolf administration launches LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Program to ease utility costs for Pennsylvanians affected by COVID-19 crisis
Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today announced a Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Recovery Crisis Program to help Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Beginning this month, DHS will work with utility companies and deliverable fuel vendors to help Pennsylvanians at risk of losing access to electric, natural gas or deliverable fuels such as oil, pay utility bills and maintain access to home energy services.
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HAP calls for better partnership with Gov. Wolf, General Assembly
The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has issued the following statement from president and CEO Andy Carter, addressing the need for a better partnership with the governor and General Assembly to support hospitals.
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Transportation

PennDOT to resume construction on project to rehabilitate bridges in Bucks
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that construction will resume Monday, May 18, on the project to rehabilitate seven bridges in Bucks and Chester counties. Work on this project will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite and relevant training.
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Community Support

Bucks County SPCA hosts online clothing sale
The Bucks County SPCA in conjunction with Kampus Klothes will be having an online store going on May 24 to June 7. This is a limited time sale and items can only be purchased during that two-week period. Orders placed on the website will be sent directly to your house for a flat shipping fee of $10. All purchases benefit animals of the Bucks County SPCA.
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Arts & Culture

Register by May 18 for “For the Love of Art” online show
The Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County will host an online exhibition and sale, “For the Love of Art,” that will run from May 25 to June 30 and will showcase many of the area’s finest artists. All artwork exhibited in the gallery will be for sale with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the artist. For information, and to register by May 18 at http://www.bucks-arts.com/


Bucks County Playhouse cancels summer season
In response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic and with the knowledge that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s reopening of Southeastern Pennsylvania is still pending, the Bucks County Playhouse has announced it will cancel its 2020 Summer Season. In making the announcement, producers said a revised 2021 season will include: “Auntie Mame,” “Kinky Boots,” “Dames at Sea” and “Evita.” Producing Director Alexander Fraser, Executive Producer Robyn Goodman and Producer Josh Fiedler made the announcement in a video sent to patrons and subscribers asking them to keep the faith and continue their support of the Playhouse as it works to re-open as soon as it is viable.
 
 

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