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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - May 22, 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 provides update on COVID-19, 866 new positives bring statewide total to 65,392
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon May 22, that there are 610 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 66,258. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 115 new deaths and a total to 4,984 total deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 4,764 cases and a total of 454 deaths; Chester County 2,320 cases and 242 deaths; Delaware County 6060 cases and 501 deaths; Lehigh County 3,613 cases and 197 deaths; Montgomery County 6,636 cases and 619 deaths; Northampton County 2,842 cases and 192 deaths; Philadelphia 17,057 cases and 1,196 deaths. There are 312,743 patients in the state who have tested negative to date. In the state,there are 481 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases.

Move to yellow status expected for all PA counties
All Pennsylvania counties, including red-designated Philadelphia and the entire Delaware Valley, will move from red designation to the yellow reopening phase by June 5, according to Spotlight PA. The online news source says that under Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan, 49 of 67 counties are already in the yellow phase, or the first phase of reopening, in which most but not all businesses can reopen. Limitations on public gatherings remain, and restaurants and bars remain closed to in-person business. Gyms, salons, shopping malls and movie theaters also remain closed. The governor was expected to announce the change at 4 p.m. today.


Virtual reading to feature Bucks High School Poet of Year winner, runners-up
Kiley Malloy, a senior at Council Rock High School South, has been named the 2020 Bucks County High School Poet of the Year, officials at Bucks County Community College announced. Malloy rose to the top of more than 80 entries in the 33rd annual contest, part of the Bucks County Poet Laureate Program administered by the college. A first runner-up in both 2018 and 2019, Malloy is copy editor for “Illuminations,” the Council Rock South literary magazine.


Gov. Wolf orders flags to half-staff in honor of Memorial Day
Gov. Tom Wolf ordered United States and commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, May 25, in honor of Memorial Day.

Gov. Wolf modifies executive order on foreclosure and eviction suspensions
Today, Gov. Tom Wolf amended his executive order protecting Pennsylvanians from foreclosure and eviction to specify that the order only applies to evictions and foreclosures enacted due to lack of payment or because a tenant has overstayed a lease.

HHS announces $237,982,500 distribution to nursing facilities impacted by COVID-19 in Pennsylvania
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it has begun distributing 587 payments totaling $237,982,500 to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in Pennsylvania to help them combat the devastating effects of this pandemic.

Wolf administration releases summer camp and recreation guidance
With an understanding of the need for Pennsylvania families to secure child care options this summer, the Wolf administration today issued frequently asked questions to provide guidance to parents, summer camp operators, public bathing places, part-day school-age programs, and other entities that provide necessary child care and enrichment and recreational activities for children and youth during the summer months.


Malagari sponsors Paycheck Protection Program Extension resolution
State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, said he will sponsor a resolution urging Congress to extend the eight-week maximum for loan forgiveness to a 16-week minimum for the Paycheck Protection Program.

Community Support

Red Cross offers virtual care for families who have lost loved ones
The American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania is launching a Virtual Family Assistance Center to support families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. People can visit to access a support hub with special virtual programs, information, referrals and services to support families in need. The hub will also connect people to other community resources and other partners. People without internet access can call 833-492-0094 for help.

First Bank donates more than $30,000 to provide COVID-19 relief
First Bank announced yesterday that it has donated $30,500 to help communities hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. The community bank, which has 18 full-service branches throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, has made contributions to more than a dozen nonprofits, including Doylestown-based Foundations Community Partnership, that will be allocated to fight the mounting medical, social and economic impact of the pandemic.

Health & Wellness

St. Mary Medical Center to resume elective surgeries May 27
Following the positive impacts of social distancing and the beginning of a decrease in new COVID-19 cases, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic will begin a phased approach to resuming critical services and elective surgeries.

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