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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - May 16, 2020


Bucks County Coronavirus Summary
Welcome to the Bucks County 2019 novel coronaviarus (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, 989 new positives bring statewide total to 61,611
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon May 16, that there are 989 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 61,611. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 61 new deaths and a total to 4,403 total deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 4,391 cases and 478 deaths; Chester County 2100 cases and 220 deaths; Delaware County 5,555 cases and 466 deaths; Lehigh County 3,440 cases and 139 deaths; Montgomery County 5,797 cases and 614 deaths; Northampton County 2,659 cases and 196 deaths; Philadelphia 16,032 cases and 1,021 deaths. The deaths have occurred over the past several weeks.


PA Department of Health distributes second shipment of drug to help treat COVID-19 patients in hospitals
The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Friday distributed the second shipment of the investigational antiviral medication, remdesivir, to treat patients in the hospital with COVID-19. Yesterday, 1,548 doses of medication were sent to 21 hospitals, including St. Luke’s Hospital - Anderson Campus and St. Luke’s Hospital - Allentown, and a second shipment of 6,390 doses will be distributed to 58 hospitals on Monday. The medication was sent to the department by the federal government.

Interior continues to safely restore access to public lands
This week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt was on the road again, conducting site inspections at national parks and national wildlife refuges. The secretary met with park superintendents and refuge managers to see firsthand how they are safely restoring access to America’s public lands. An overwhelming majority of Interior-managed public lands continue to be accessible to the public with additional opportunities becoming available each day as the department works alongside governors to Open Up America Again (

Upper Bucks municipalities support county commissioners and health department
Members of municipal governments in Upper Bucks County sent the following group letter last week to the Bucks County commissioners.

“As municipal leaders, we prioritize the health and welfare of our residents above all other considerations. In response to the governor’s orders we have endorsed and supported the closing of small businesses, the limiting of gatherings, and the practicing of stay-at-home orders. As a result, our COVID-19 case numbers have decreased to a minimum, and in some of our local municipalities to zero cases. However, the governor’s orders have also caused our local economy and small business owners to experience a substantial strain.

United Way hosts virtual financial fitness programs
United Way of Hunterdon County continues to provide financial wellness programs so struggling neighbors can work toward becoming, and staying, financially fit. On May 27, join in a free virtual budgeting Lunch-n-Learn workshop from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Participants will receive tips and tools for smart money management, including how to create a budget you can really follow. Financial coaches will be on hand to answer questions and provide a list of resources.

The PA State Grange has asked Gov. Wolf to sign two bills related to economic recovery
On behalf of the Pennsylvania State Grange, we respectfully request that Gov. Wolf sign two bills advanced by the General Assembly. These two pieces of legislation, House Bill 2388 and House Bill 2412, would permit safe business activity for garden centers, auto dealers and Realtors, engaging safeguards against spreading COVID 19, so these businesses could more quickly begin to recoup some of the losses incurred because of the pandemic. We wish you and Health Secretary Levine the very best as you deal with this threat.

$188.94 billion processed for more than $2.5 million loans in second round of PPP
As the number of positive COVID-19 cases steadily decreases, the Senate approved a four-bill package yesterday (May 13) that would give county governments more discretion over reopening their local economies and provide a way for the reopening of some businesses – if they can operate in a manner that protects employees and customers, according to Senator Bob Mensch (R-24). The package of bills would bring back over 200,000 jobs across the Commonwealth.
During a Wednesday morning joint public hearing of the Senate Aging & Youth and Local Government committees on the safety of vulnerable populations and counties’ ability to reopen safely, Dr. Steven Shapiro, chief medical and scientific officer, and Dr. Donald Yealy, chair of Emergency Medicine, from UPMC said reopening is feasible for many areas as long as mitigation efforts are maintained and appropriate steps are taken to protect vulnerable populations.

Community Support

YMCA of Bucks County releases ‘#BucksCountyStrong’ community video
The YMCA of Bucks County is celebrating its community with the recent release of a video, “#BucksCountyStrong,” that celebrates Bucks County. In mid-April the Y took to local news outlets and social media to request 10-second clips from the community and their members highlighting the strengths and resilience of residents. The Y was inundated with video contributions of individuals serving others, staying fit, enjoying activities and connecting virtually. With the theme of “We are Bucks County Strong,” the Y developed a planned 60-second video and released a longer “extended” two-minute video so that all contributions could be featured. The video can be enjoyed on the front page of the Y’s website at or directly at