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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - May 29, 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, 693 new positives bring statewide total to 70,735
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon May 29 that there are 693 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 70,042. Today, the state is reporting 91 new deaths and a total to 5,464 total deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 5,012 cases and a total of 486 deaths; Chester County 2,607 cases and 270 deaths; Delaware County 6,379 cases and 544 deaths; Lehigh County 3,738 cases and 218 deaths; Montgomery County 6,906 cases and 656 deaths; Northampton County 3,045 cases and 206 deaths; Philadelphia 18,156 cases and 1,282 deaths. There are 366,970 patients in the state who have tested negative to date. In the state there are 604 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 157,815
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of May 28, there were 156,815 cases of COVID-19 and 11,401 deaths. There are 6,670 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 462 people have died. Hunterdon County reports 974 cases and 58 deaths.


Government

Pennsylvania Senate approves budget/comprehensive COVID-19 funding package
Facing an uncertain economic future and working to address the devastating impact of COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Senate today set a course for recovery by approving a $25.8 billion interim budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21 as well as a plan to direct $2.6 billion in federal CARES funding to support individuals, small businesses, organizations and county governments that were most severely impacted by the virus, according to state Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24).
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Yellow phase orders updated to Include eight additional counties
Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed amended yellow phase orders to include eight counties moving to the yellow phase May 29. The counties include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill. The eight counties are joining 49 counties that previously moved into the yellow phase.


House Republicans vote to reopen Pennsylvania
House Republicans passed a resolution last night that would end the business shutdown across Pennsylvania. “From the beginning of this process, Gov. Tom Wolf’s business shutdown order has been arbitrary, frustrating, and destructive to family-owned small businesses that have been cornerstones in communities across our state,” House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) said. “Since this process began, the voices of Pennsylvanians have been loud and clear. They want the opportunity to operate safely under our current circumstances, just as Gov. Wolf has allowed so many businesses to do. This resolution does just that.”
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Southeast Republican House Members work to secure $10 million for COVID-19 vaccine research and development
At the request of Republican members from the southeast region of Pennsylvania, $10 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been approved by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to go to entities across the state working on research and development of a coronavirus vaccine, such as Wistar Institute in Philadelphia.
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Hunterdon Freeholder Van Doren asks attorney general to reverse hold on library pick-up programs
The New Jersey Attorney General’s decision to put a hold on libraries providing a “no contact materials pick up program” should immediately be reversed, because it is a critical service for our residents who have been isolated in their homes, Hunterdon County Freeholder Board Director Shaun C. Van Doren wrote in a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy.
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Casey pledges to donate plasma to aid COVID-19 patients following positive antibody test
Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement: “On Wednesday afternoon, I received the results of a COVID-19 ELISA IgG Antibody Test, which were positive. This positive test means that I likely had COVID-19 at some point over the last several months and have since developed an antibody response to the virus.
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Community Support

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey hosts a virtual debate for Lambertville City Council candidates
The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is sponsoring a virtual “debate” among the candidates for the July 7 Democratic Primary for Lambertville City Council. As a non-partisan organization, the League does not endorse or oppose candidates.
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St. Mary celebrates Heroes Month
On May 28, St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne ordered more than 1,400 meals from local restaurants – Moish & Itzy’s, Tre Fratelli and Manhattan Bagel – as a way to celebrate May as Heroes Month, a month-long celebration for Nurses Week, Hospital Week, EMS Week and Doctors’ Day. St. Mary wanted to honor its front-line health care workers, as well as support local stores to give thanks for the many generous donations they have been receiving from the community.
 
 

From left are: Lauren Perdulla, Saundra Brugger, Joseph Tardiff, Kiersten Guld, Steven Samson, Dawn Clark and Vicki Harper (in front).
 

Events

St. Luke’s hosts virtual network-wide memorial service for COVID-19 victims
On Thursday afternoon, employees across St. Luke’s University Health Network paused from their duties and routines to participate in a virtual memorial service in honor of COVID-19 victims.
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St. Luke’s Network Director of Pastoral Care Rev. Mary Catherine Cole leads a COVID-19 memorial service.
 
 
 
 

2020 AACA Hershey Fall Meet flea market and car corral canceled

The 2020 Hershey Fall Meet flea market and car corral has been canceled for the first time in the 65 year history of the event. Refund information will be sent very soon regarding all payments already received by the Hershey Region Antique Automobile Club of America. The AACA Hershey Region Executive Board continues to explore ideas to benefit the hobby and is working toward the possibility of still hosting its usual car show on Oct. 10. While this may not be doable, AACA and the Hershey Region along with other constituencies are working hard to make this possible. Visit http://hershey.aaca.com/ and social media often for the latest news.
 
 

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