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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - May 21, 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, 980 new positives bring statewide total to 65,392
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon May 21, that there are 610 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 65,392. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 102 new deaths and a total to 4,869 total deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 4,726 cases and a total of 442 deaths; Chester County 2,267 cases and 238 deaths; Delaware County 5,769 cases and 481 deaths; Lehigh County 3,586 cases and 192 deaths; Montgomery County 6,268 cases and 607 deaths; Northampton County 2,814 cases and 186 deaths; Philadelphia 16,840 cases and 1,178 deaths. There are 303,514 patients in the state who have tested negative to date.


New Jersey reports 151,472 positive COVID-19 cases
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of May 21, there are 151,472 cases of COVID-19 cases and 10,843 deaths. There are 6,205 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 438 people have died. Hunterdon County reported 926 cases and 55 deaths.


Events

Chalfont, New Britain Township and Borough cancel joint July 4th parade
In an abundance of caution for the health and safety of residents and neighbors, New Britain Township, New Britain Borough and Chalfont Borough announced “with regret” that the annual July 4th Tri-Municipal Parade has been canceled for 2020. “Given the ongoing restrictions for public gatherings, it is safer to cancel the parade considering the current pandemic,” they said in a written statement, adding, “Stay Safe, and we will celebrate next year!”


Government

Bucks County House Republicans introduce legislation to give counties power to safely reopen
State Rep. Frank Farry (R- Langhorne) has introduced House Bill 2541 to allow local county commissioners, in consultation with local health officials, to reopen businesses in counties during a health emergency if certain criteria are met. “The criteria for reopening laid out by the state has been arbitrary and illogical,” Farry said. “The state refuses to acknowledge the progress made by the Bucks County Department of Health with contact tracing, which shows limited community spread.”

Joining Farry in introducing the legislation are Reps. Wendi Thomas (R- Richboro), Todd Polinchock (R-Chalfont), Craig Staats (R-Quakertown), Meghan Schroder (R- Warminster), and K.C. Tomlinson (R-Bensalem ), and Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia). Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R-Bucks) has introduced Senate Bill 1165, companion legislation to House Bill 2541.
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Gov. Wolf signs Cocktails-to-Go Bill
Gov. Tom Wolf today signed House Bill 327, now Act 21 of 2020, allowing the temporary sale of cocktails-to-go from bars, restaurants or hotels with a liquor license. The law takes effect immediately.
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Wolf administration grants second extension to license to carry firearm permits
The Pennsylvania State Police announced today that Gov. Tom Wolf has granted an additional extension to license to carry firearms permits. Permits, which expired on March 19 or later, have now been extended to July 31. The previous extension was set to expire on May 30.
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Business

TMA Bucks makes telecommuting guide available for Bucks businesses
TMA Bucks has made its “Telecommuting Guide” resource book available to Bucks County businesses to download. The guide book features educational information, statistics and helpful materials that businesses can use to create a telecommuting policy or help refine what they quickly might have put in place at the start of mandatory stay at home orders. The guide, which was first made available to TMA Bucks members, can now be downloaded at tmabucks.com.


Community Support

Pennridge Community Recovery Fund launches to help area battle COVID-19
The Pennridge Community Recovery Fund, a new nonprofit based in Upper Bucks County, is now accepting contributions to support local relief and recovery efforts related to the COVID-19 crisis. The newly created fund serves the eight municipalities that comprise the Pennridge region. It seeks to aid nonprofits and charitable organizations that are providing much-needed food, shelter, public safety, emergency services, counseling, and social services to the Pennridge community of about 50,000 residents.

By seeking grants from corporations, foundations and government sources in addition to donations from the general public, the organization’s goal is to maximize funding for these crucial organizations, saving them time so that they can focus on delivering essential services.
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Ivy Hill receives COVID-19 grant from Foundations Community Partnership
Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Perkasie has received a grant from the Foundations Community Partnership to assist with the center’s COVID-19 relief. Ivy Hill applied to the Foundations Community Partnership’s COVID-19 Response Grant and has been notified it will be receiving a $4,500 grant. This grant will be going toward supporting riders who want to return to their needed equine assisted therapy, but due to COVID-19, may have a new financial hardship.
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Arts & Culture

Banana Factory launches virtual summer camp featuring Take-Home Art Kits
As families transition from remote learning to summer vacation, ArtsQuest is offering them a new way to learn, explore the arts and “travel” the globe with its weekly Around the World Virtual Summer Camps. Launching June 15, the Around the World art camps will explore a different continent and theme each week through hands-on art activities that can easily be done at home. Australia, North America, South America, Asia, Europe and Africa will all be on the destination list during the eight-week summer session.
 
 

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