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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - May 28, 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, 625 new positives bring statewide total to 70,042
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon May 28 that there are 625 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 70,042. Today, the state is reporting 108 new deaths and a total to 5,373 total deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 4,966 cases and a total of 486 deaths; Chester County 2,555 cases and 270 deaths; Delaware County 6,337 cases and 544 deaths; Lehigh County 3,719 cases and 218 deaths; Montgomery County 6,811 cases and 656 deaths; Northampton County 3,022 cases and 206 deaths; Philadelphia 17,972 cases and 1,282 deaths. There are 257,804 patients in the state who have tested negative to date. In the state there are 595 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.

New Jersey cases total 156,628
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of May 28, there were 156,628 cases and 11,339 deaths. There are 6,592 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 458 people have died. Hunterdon County reports 973 cases and 57 deaths.


Gov. Wolf issues Green Phase Order, guidance on dining and professional sports
As more counties move to yellow and green, Gov. Tom Wolf yesterday issued an order to elaborate on the reopening process for green phase counties and guidance on outdoor dining in yellow counties, dining in green counties, and professional sports in yellow counties. The governor elaborated on green phase guidelines announced May 22, by issuing an updated order for counties in the green phase of reopening. The orders from Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine update existing yellow phase orders with these revisions:

Gov. Wolf issues Green Phase Order on hospital, prison visits
Gov. Tom Wolf yesterday issue an updated order for counties in the green phase of reopening, which states visitation to prisons and hospitals may resume subject to the discretion of the facility. Visitors who interact with residents and patients must be diligent regarding hygiene. Given the critical importance of limiting COVID-19 exposure in nursing homes, nursing home visitation restrictions will initially remain in place.

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ends judicial emergency
In an Order issued yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced that the statewide judicial emergency will end effective June 1. As part of its Order, the Court has directed that administrative orders issued by the intermediate appellate courts, as well as local emergency orders and directives, including those affecting time calculations and deadlines remain in full force and effect until they expire or are rescinded.

Pennsylvania House member issues statement following COVID-19 diagnosis
State Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin) issued the following statement Wednesday on his COVID-19 diagnosis: “Throughout this pandemic, our health officials have reminded us that it is likely many of us will contract COVID-19 and suffer mild, flu-like symptoms. On Monday, May 18, I was tested for COVID-19 and on Wednesday, May 20, I was notified that my test came back positive.

PPE shipments being delivered to nursing homes across the state
On April 30, Vice President Mike Pence, leader of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate shipments of personal protective equipment (PPE) to more than 15,000 nursing homes across America. These shipments provide a 14-day supply of PPE to staff working in the nursing homes.

Wolf Administration distributes testing supplies to hospitals; more than 67,000 patients tested since March
Gov. Tom Wolf announced today that additional shipments of testing supplies have been sent to hospitals across Pennsylvania this week. Since March 9, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has distributed supplies to more than 60 hospitals, health care facilities, and county and municipal health departments to help test more than 67,000 patients.

DCNR moves to open state park swimming beaches, pools
Today, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced a phased opening of all state park swimming beaches and some pools in keeping with Gov. Wolf’s direction to ensure Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation and help maintain positive physical and mental health. Effective June 6, all 58 state park beaches will be open to swimming. State park pools will remain closed through at least June 12, with most in designated yellow and green counties reopening June 13.

Pennsylvania offers accessible write-in ballots for voters with disabilities for June 2 primary
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced today that the Department of State will provide accessible write-in ballots to voters with disabilities who request one.
Senators Santarsiero, Collett ask Governor to allow businesses in personal service industry to operate during yellow and green phases of reopening
Senators Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Maria Collett (D-12) were joined by State Representatives Perry Warren (D-31), Tina Davis (D-141), John Galloway (D-140) and Wendy Ullman (D-143) today in asking Governor Tom Wolf to issue an executive order permitting personal services businesses, such as barbers and salons, located in counties in the yellow or green phase to reopen with enhanced safety measures.


St. Luke’s part of national coalition expanding domestic PPE production
Premier Inc., a leading health care improvement company, and 15 leading health systems acquired a minority stake in Prestige Ameritech, the largest domestic manufacturer of face masks, including N95 respirators and surgical masks. Under the agreement, Premier members including St. Luke’s University Health Network based in Bethlehem, commit to purchase a portion of all face masks they use annually from Prestige Ameritech for up to six years, inclusive of a three-year renewal option.

SBA and Treasury Department announce $10 billion for CDFIs to participate in Paycheck Protection Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, today announced $10 billion of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Round 2 funding will be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs expand economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing financial products and services for residents and local businesses. These dedicated funds ensure PPP funds reach all communities in need of relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Support

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society launches Harvest 2020 Initiative
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) believes all people can play a role in combating food insecurity. PHS is launching Harvest 2020, a multi-faceted initiative aimed at mobilizing 100,000 gardening enthusiasts and other individuals in the Greater Philadelphia region to grow food for themselves in their individual gardens, share food grown within their communities and with local hunger relief organizations, donate funds for food gardening education, or to help supply gardening resources to people in underserved communities. The initiative is timely with the food growing season underway, along with the increased demand for fresh food during the COVID-19 crisis. The expected collective action from Harvest 2020 will bring at least 5 million pounds of fresh produce to Philadelphia-area kitchens and food banks, supporting the health and well-being of communities across the region.

American Heritage Credit Union partners with regional credit unions to jointly raise over $220,000 toward PPE efforts
American Heritage Credit Union (“American Heritage”) has partnered with 17 regional credit unions and credit union partners, jointly raising more than $220,000 to collectively purchase and donate 30,000 Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”) medical gowns to health-care facilities throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. American Heritage will individually contribute more than 5,000 PPE gowns to hospitals and skilled nursing facilities within its Workplace Partner Program. In total, the following credit unions and organizations have jointly contributed to support the gown donation program to date:

The Birches at Newtown hosts food drive to benefit Bucks Opportunity Council
This unprecedented time has created food-insecurities for homebound residents of Bucks County. Join The Birches at Newtown in the fight against hunger. The senior living community is holding a monthlong food drive to benefit the Bucks County Opportunity Council.

Education, Courses & Online Learning

BCCC honors more than 1,000 graduates in virtual ceremony premiering tonight
Bucks County Community College celebrates its 54th annual commencement Thursday, May 28, in a first-ever virtual ceremony featuring Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, Bucks County commissioner, as keynote speaker.