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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - May 20, 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 update on COVID-19: Daily data not released by deadline.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s daily COVID-19 data is not available as of noon today, May 20, 2020. The department will issue an updated press release as soon as data becomes available later this afternoon.

New Jersey reports 150,399 positive COVID-19 cases
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of May 20, there are 150,399 cases of COVID-19 cases and 10,747 deaths. There are 6,162 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 431 people have died. Hunterdon County reported 920 cases and 55 deaths.


Toomey to host virtual roundtable on safely resuming youth baseball and softball
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Health Care, will convene a virtual roundtable about youth baseball and softball leagues safely resuming play 10 a.m. Thursday, May 21. Joining Toomey at the roundtable, which will examine the importance of, and best practices for, youth sports, will be Major League Baseball’s Baseball and Softball Development program director and former Los Angeles Angels general manager Tony Reagins, softball superstar Jennie Finch, Little League president Stephen Keener and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a physician and public health expert. The public will be able to stream the roundtable via Toomey’s YouTube page,

Dressage at Devon cancels 2020 competition
The board of directors of Dressage at Devon announced the cancellation of the 2020 competition today.


Gov. Wolf: State to distribute $51 million in CARES funding to support child care providers
Gov. Tom Wolf today announced an initial distribution of $51 million of funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to support child care providers around Pennsylvania. Distributed in partnership with the General Assembly, this initial funding will reach nearly 7,000 child care centers.

Wolf administration receives approval to launch online grocery purchasing for SNAP recipients during COVID-19 crisis
The Wolf administration received approval from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow Pennsylvania to join the pilot program that lets recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, purchase groceries online through participating retailers.

HHS provides $3,462,299 for COVID-19 testing in rural communities in Pennsylvania
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provided $3,462,299 to 70 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in Pennsylvania for COVID-19 testing. Nationally, $225 million was awarded to over 4,500 RHCs across the country to support COVID-19 testing efforts and expand access to testing in rural communities.

Gaming Control Board releases Casino Reopening Protocols
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) today publicly released a document shared with the Commonwealth’s casino operators outlining the minimum requirements required to be fulfilled prior to re-opening their facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 10-page guideline document is available through a special link on the homepage of the PGCB’s website,

“As conditions throughout the Commonwealth improve and the reopening of casinos is authorized, the PGCB desires to assure that re-openings occur in a manner which promote the safety of casino patrons and employees alike as well as assure an environment conducive to proper regulatory oversight,” said Executive Director Kevin O’Toole.

Community Support

New Hope-Solebury Community Association launches “Feed the First Responders”
The New Hope-Solebury Community Association continued its COVID-19 community support efforts, launching “Feed the First Responders.” With the desire to honor local first responders and the need to help local restaurants stay afloat during this crisis, the New Hope-Solebury Community Association used donated funds to purchase the food.