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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - May 23, 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, 725 new positives bring statewide total to 66,983
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon May 23, that there are 25 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 66,983. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 112 new deaths and a total to 4,984 total deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 4,839 cases and a total of 460 deaths; Chester County 2,364 cases and 245 deaths; Delaware County 6114 cases and 513 deaths; Lehigh County 3,628 cases and 202 deaths; Montgomery County 6,464 cases and 633 deaths; Northampton County 2,855 cases and 197 deaths; Philadelphia 17,208 cases and 1,217 deaths. There are 321,469 patients in the state who have tested negative to date. In the state there are 513 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.

Department of Health distributes third shipment of drug to help treat COVID-19 patients in hospitals
The Department of Health distributed the third shipment of the investigational antiviral medication, remdesivir, to treat patients in the hospital with COVID-19. Yesterday, 8,928 doses of medication were sent to 81 hospitals. The medication was sent to the department by the federal government on Thursday, May 21, and shipped to these hospitals on Friday, May 22. Local hospitals included in the shipment were St. Mary Medical Center, Abington Memorial Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem, Doylestown Hospital, Jefferson Bucks County, Lower Bucks Hospital and Grand Views Hospital.


L&I monitoring COVID-19 unemployment scams across U.S.; Pennsylvanians should stay vigilant and report suspected fraud
Secretary Jerry Oleksiak announced the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is working closely with state and federal partners to monitor COVID-19 scams across the U.S. that are targeting unemployment benefits programs and their claimants. The scammers behind the COVID-19-related fraud appear to be using Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information belonging to identity theft victims to commit unemployment compensation (UC) fraud. In many situations, the victims are unaware that their identity has been stolen.

Department of Health highlights ongoing nursing home inspection
Since the beginning of February, the Pennsylvania Department of Health nursing home surveyors conducted 1,473 inspections of nursing homes, including 907 complaint investigations during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, 10 sanctions were finalized against nursing care facilities, which included the issuance of two provisional one licenses, and civil penalties totaling $93,500.

$280,000 available to animal ag producers for reimbursement of PPE through PA Farm Bill Center for Poultry & Livestock Excellence
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and PennAg Industries today announced that $280,000 is available to Pennsylvania’s poultry, swine, lamb, goat, and sheep processors to reimburse costs associated with the purchase of personal protective equipment for their workforce through the Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence, a result of Governor Tom Wolf’s 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Bill.

Community Support

HMC holds meditation and prayer call-in sessions with hospital chaplain
Hunterdon Healthcare now offers the community Meditation and Prayer with Chris Small, Hunterdon Medical Center chaplain. To join these live sessions, call the number below on any dates/times listed to hear a meditation and prayer. In addition, recorded meditations are also available on

Join by phone: 1-570-719-2130 and use PIN: 111464567#

At noon Monday, May 25; 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26; 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28; and noon Friday, May 29.


Montgomery County Libertarians to stage nine “SHUTDOWN THE SHUTDOWN” Rallies May 30
The Montgomery County Libertarians are hosting an all-day series of nine rallies on Saturday, May 30, to protest the shutdowns that are “devastating businesses and individuals alike” in Montgomery County and throughout Pennsylvania, hashtag #ShutdownTheShutdown. The peaceful rallies are to be held once an hour, every hour, at each of the homes of nine state representatives in Montgomery County. Serving as celebrity guest emcee is Ken Krawchuk, past Libertarian gubernatorial candidate and host of “The Pennsylvania Project,” a weekly talk radio show on WWDB in Philadelphia.