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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - May 26, 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, 451 new positives bring statewide total to 68,637
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon May 26, that there are 451 additional positive cases of COVID-19, since Monday, bringing the statewide total to 68,637. Today, the state is reporting 13 new deaths and a total to 5,152 total deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 4,916 cases and a total of 461 deaths; Chester County 2,454 cases and 252 deaths; Delaware County 6,243 cases and 514 deaths; Lehigh County 3,676 cases and 210 deaths; Montgomery County 6,598 cases and 635 deaths; Northampton County 2,933 cases and 199 deaths; Philadelphia 17,208 cases and 1,232 deaths. There are 339,835 patients in the state who have tested negative to date. In the state there are 551patients 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.

New Jersey cases total 155,092
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of May 26, there were 155,092 cases and 11,144 deaths. There are 6,544 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 452 people have died. Hunterdon County reports 967 cases and 452 deaths.

Gov. Wolf adds eight counties to Yellow and 17 to Green on May 29, remainder to Yellow on June 5
Furthering his plan for reopening Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf on Friday announced eight additional counties will move to Yellow and 17 to Green. All remaining counties in red are expected to move to yellow by June 5. Counties that remain in Red and are expected to move to Yellow by June 5 include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.


State Rep. Tim O’Neal Introduces bill to privatize liquor stores
In response to the governor’s shutdown of state liquor stores and “recent failures” by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to adapt to a 21st century business model during the coronavirus pandemic, state Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) recently introduced legislation to end government control of wine and spirit sales.

State Senate and House to host hearing with focus on pandemic funding for child care centers
At the request of state Sens. Judy Schwank (D–Berks), Lindsey Williams (D–Allegheny) and state Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler (D – Philadelphia) and Mary Jo Daley (D – Montgomery), the Senate and House Democratic Policy Committees will hold a virtual public hearing next week to discuss critical funding for child care centers, pre-k, and Head Start programs, and their employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Legislators to discuss State of the State during virtual program
Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce presents State of the State Virtual Legislative Series 2020 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 28. The program will feature state Sens. Bob Mensch and Steve Santarsiero and state Reps. Craig Staats and Wendy Ullman. To register, visit Zoom information will be emailed with your confirmation.